“Look up here, I’m in heaven…”
David Bowie, a singer, song-writer, multi instrumentalist, record producer, artist, actor – a true genius and an absolute legend. Although I wasn’t even born when David Bowie started his career, but I do remember him in the 80s. My parents would always play his old records as they were huge fans and my dad was even one of David’s childhood friends.
Born David Robert Jones on 8 January 1947 in Brixton, London. For 5 decades he was one of the most creative and innovative artists that has ever lived. His androgynous appearance was an iconic element of his image, principally in the 1970s and 1980s.
Space Oddity” became his first top five entry on the UK Singles Chart released in July 1969. After a three-year period experimenting with different styles, Bowie re-emerged with his flamboyant and androgynous alter ego Ziggy Stardust in 1972 in the height of the glam rock era. The character was led by the single “Starman” and album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars.
Bowie was “a musical chameleon, changing and dictating trends as much as he has altered his style to fit, influencing fashion and pop culture. – Brad Filicky
In 1975, Bowie achieved his first major American crossover success with the number-one single “Fame” and the album Young Americans, which the singer characterised as “plastic soul”. The sound constituted a radical shift in style that initially alienated many of his UK devotees. He then confounded the expectations of both his record label and his American audiences by recording the electronic-inflected album Low, the first of three collaborations with Brian Eno. Low (1977), “Heroes” (1977), and Lodger (1979)—the so-called “Berlin Trilogy” albums—all reached the UK top five and received lasting critical praise.
After uneven commercial success in the late 1970s, Bowie had UK number ones with the 1980 single “Ashes to Ashes”, its parent album Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps), and “Under Pressure”, a 1981 collaboration with Queen. He then reached a new commercial peak in 1983 with Let’s Dance, which yielded several successful singles. Throughout the 1990s and 2000s, Bowie continued to experiment with musical styles, including industrial and even jungle.
Bowie also had a successful but sporadic film career. His acting roles include the eponymous character in The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976), Major Celliers in Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (1983), the Goblin King Jareth in Labyrinth (1986), Pontius Pilate in Martin Scorsese’s The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), and Nikola Tesla in The Prestige (2006), among other film and television appearances and cameos. It’s a shame that we will never get to see Labrynth 2: Power of the Babe!
I’m stepping through the door
And I’m floating in the most peculiar way
And the stars look very different today
For here am I sitting in my tin can
Far above the world
Planet Earth is blue
And there’s nothing I can do
Though nothing, will keep us together
We could steal time, just for one day
We can be heroes, forever and ever
What’d you say?
8 January 1947 – 10 January 2016