This month marks 45 years since David Bowie released his first compilation album proper, Changesonebowie. The LP included an avalanche of familiar hits and was released on May 21, 1976, just before Bowie began his moratorium in brooding Berlin.
Changesonebowie collected songs from the 1969–1976 period, including the first album appearance of John, I’m Only Dancing, while Ziggy Stardust and Suffragette City had never been released as singles prior to this compilation.
Celebrating the anniversary of the first of Bowie’s greatest hits, Cream recommends a trio of games to wile the time away while in various states of lockdown.
Bowie Bingo is simple and so much fun. I’ve played with Bowie fans and with non-converts, and both parties enjoyed it as much as I did. The premise is simple – and you don’t need to be a Bowie expert to be in the winning. Simply commission one of the players as the ‘caller’ who picks Bowie bingo cards out of a hat (or whatever receptacle is at hand). As the cards are read out, players place tokens on said picture until one reaches a line of five tokens laid. Continue the game until someone fills their board. Then don’t forget to say ‘Bowie Bingo’ (ie: instead of just Bingo!) or someone else might beat you to it! Bursting with Bowie references from The Laughing Gnome to Labrynth to Blackstar and every sound and vision in between. Also available is Where’s Bowie: Bowie in Space.
RRP: $29.99. AVAILABLE: Through Simon & Schuster.
WHERE’S BOWIE: 500 PIECE JIGSAW PUZZLE
This medium-challenge jigsaw puzzle is inspired by David Bowie’s moratorium in Berlin between 1976 and 1979. The finished jigsaw is gloriously illustrated with references from around this time from the worlds of disco, punk and of course arthouse music which Bowie’s very much fell into at the time. The aim is to find three different guises of Bowie (see, already more to it than Where’s Wally) which can be hindered while you’re spotting colleagues of his such as Iggy Pop, Brian Eno, Lou Reed and more. Illustrator Kev Gahan is a UK-based artist whose irreverent and free-form drawing style is perfectly suited to the wild world of Bowie and Co.
RRP: $35.00. AVAILABLE: Through Simon & Schuster.
MONOPOLY: BOWIE EDITION
No need for me to explain the board game Monopoly to you, but I’ve got to say the Bowie Edition is a treat. Players get to relive the life and works of one of the most innovative music icons of all time as you buy up his biggest albums and charge other players rent for landing on them. Pick up ‘Sound and Vision’ cards to make some ‘Changes’ to the economy, and win bonus cash while your owning and ‘Dancing In the Street’. Players can also ‘tour’ their favourite albums to accumulate fortunes, but watch out for taxes, jail and bankruptcy! Fun for everyone, diehard Bowie fans or otherwise.
RRP: From $42.00. AVAILABLE FROM: Typo, Dick Smith, Gameology and The Nile Australia.