David Bowie passing away is really hurting! Not only is he the musician who influenced everybody who came after him, he just might be the most original artist of them all.
No other musician can claim to have reinvented themselves as many times as David Bowie did throughout his career. There’s far too much to focus on, and I’m sure that you’ll read a million blogs that will cover the other aspects of his career, but because this is my blog, and I’m a rock n roll kind of guy, I want to expose you to the stuff that touched me the most. Plug your computer/phone into a decent sound system, and let these two records take you away.
1970’s The Man Who Sold The World. Forget the fact that you know that one song from this album because of Nirvana, and play this one right from the beginning. Seriously some of the best straight up rock n roll that you’ll find anywhere.
1972’s The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars. Like so many other people, this is the one that turned me on to Bowie. Every time I would listen to a new Bowie album afterwards, I always wanted it to sound like Ziggy, and it never did. It wasn’t until years later that a friend showed me The Man Who Sold The World, and my Bowie love was affirmed. As a pair, these two records are a one-two rock n roll punch.
Being born in 1981, I was the perfect age for the 1986 movie Labrynth. Although I would grow up to embrace Bowie’s more aggressive sounding material, this was actually my first real glimpse of what David Bowie was all about, and it’s still at the front of my Bowie memories.
As I get older, I warm up to the other sounds that David Bowie has mastered over the years. Writing this blog seems to be hitting me a little harder than the death of someone I’ve never met should, so I’ll leave you with one final piece…Bowie’s final piece. He just released this album on Friday (his 69th birthday), and it’s really f***ing good!
Goodbye David Bowie. Thanks for being so goddamn awesome.