UMG – Ground control to Major Tom: five moments Bowie rocked

RIP David

Our favourite alien and the world’s most influential artist is no more. David Bowie passed on January 10, 2016, two days after the release of his latest and twenty-sixth studio album, Blackstar.

An inspiration to many, he was one of the most prolific artist and a trailblazer in music, fashion, art, film, theatre… You name it, David’s done it.

The world is in mourning, but we figured it was better to leave the sadness for a while, and to celebrate the extraordinary life and man that David was.

Here are our top 5 Bowie moments: times that inspired us, made us laugh, or highlighted his genius.

  1. Ziggy Stardust

For having created the most iconic musical character in history, David, we salute you! Ziggy, the persona the singer adopted in 1972-73, made a crazy impact on popular culture: its trademark red hair, its alien origins, its “death” on stage…

  1. Pointing out the lack of Black representation on MTV…

In 1983, Bowie was on American TV. And when he sat down with MTV, he criticised the station for not showing black artists’ videos. When he says: “There seem to be a lot of black artists making very good videos that I’m surprised aren’t being used on MTV,” we just want to high five him.

  1. The Berlin Wall

The singer may or may not have helped to bring down the Berlin Wall. When Bowie returned to Berlin a decade (1987) after his stint living there with Iggy Pop and recording with Brian Eno, it was for Concert For Berlin.

He chose to sing ‘”Heroes”,’ a song he had written in the city and that talks about fear, isolation… the story of two lovers who meet at the wall and try to be together.

The Berlin Wall came down in 1989, and Bowie, alongside the other performers at the three days Concert For Berlin, is credited for helping bring down the wall.

  1. The Bowie Bonds

Yep, you could buy Bowie Bonds on the stock market in 1997! We won’t bore you with an economics lesson, but suffice to say it was a first. “David Bowie’s dalliance with the stock market gave the world something it had never seen before — pop bonds,” writes CNBC. If only we needed proof the man was not “just” a creative genius…

  1. Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Long-Haired Men

In 1964, 17 years old Bowie appeared for the first time on television. It was for the BBC program Tonight, and he was there as the spokesman for the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Long-Haired Men. Of course, it was a scam, and a bid for a bit of free publicity. But we just love the serious teen telling the camera: “I think we’re all fairly tolerant, but for the last two years we’ve had comments like ‘Darling!’ and ‘Can I carry your handbag?’ thrown at us, and I think it just has to stop now.”

“I think we all like long hair, and we don’t see why other people should persecute us because of this.”

Long or short hair, makeup or no makeup, in platforms, heels or trainers, we love you Ziggy, Major Tom, Thin White Duke, Tin Man, David Robert Jones, David Bowie.

We will forever miss you.