Wednesday, January 13, 2016

The stars look very different today...

Saying goodbye to Major Tom, Ziggy Stardust and the Thin White Duke...

David Bowie
I was depressed to hear about the death of singer David Bowie this past weekend.

In high school, songs like Fame, Young Americans and Golden Years were the background soundtrack of our lives. In the 1980s, his more mainstream hits - Under Pressure, Modern Love, China Girl, Blue Jean - had us swaying under the serious moonlight of nightclubs everywhere.

On the side, his various quirky roles in movies such as the alien in The Man Who Fell to Earth, the chic vampire in The Hunger and the Goblin King in Labyrinth only added to his mystique and other-worldly aura.

His seductive theme for the movie Cat People, Putting out Fire, with its eerie lyrics and disco jungle beat is still one of my all time chillout tunes. Quentin Tarantino even revived it for his movie Inglourious Basterds.

The nature of mass/pop culture means that his memory will last about as long as it takes for the story of his death to disappear from the bottom of the screen on Facebook newsfeeds. Still it was gratifying to see at HMV this morning that all his music had sold out in the last 48 hours as fans old and new decided to re-acquaint themselves with Major Tom...

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