Scientist writes 'ideal' David Bowie Song

275x250.jpgAn academic has used a scientific analysis of David Bowie's career to write a song which would a be guaranteed chart success for the star.

Using something called Linguistic Inquiry and Word Count, Dr Nick Troop compared the language used and success in the charts of all of Bowie's 26 albums and 266 songs.

The Psychology expert from the University of Hertfordshire found that songs with positive emotion and social processes had been the artists more successful.

Based on his findings the Bowie fan then penned a song 'Team, Meet Girls; Girls, Meet Team' which he claims (according to psychological theory) should lead to success if Bowie was to release it.

As that seems unlikely, Dr Troop has recorded it himself - complete with faux Bowie vocals - and put it on YouTube ... something tells me the whole research was an excuse for him to do this.
"I looked at the link between the language used and how long Bowie’s albums had spent in the charts," said Dr Troop.

"I found that the songs with positive emotion and social processes were more successful than the songs that talked about mortality."



Team, Meet Girls; Girls, Meet Team (© Nick Troop, 2009)

Buddy loves good loving : Calm and proud while peace wins
Warmth and conversation : Heaven’s energy and an elegant charm
                Truth wins – an adult love to win awards
Sweet faith : Secure in the affection of a better boy
Feeling admiration : A cheerful kiss, kiss the phone
                Truth wins – an adult love to win awards
                Team, meet girls; girls, meet team
They met and were loving : Perfectly amazed, comfort and cared for
A loyal companion : Share, relax, creating humans XXX
                Dear charm, playing nice give paradise smiles
                Truth wins – an adult love to win awards
                Team, meet girls; girls, meet team
                Team, meet girls; girls, meet team
Special persons with casual ease enjoy the band
Lucky and rich, a special guest hero
                Team, meet girls; girls, meet team
                Team, meet girls; girls, meet team
                Girls, meet team; team, meet girls
During the next academic year, Dr Troop plans to use some of the theories applied in this research to work with his psychology students to look at how different kinds of word usage can affect mood and other health outcomes, with a particular emphasis on song writing.

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