Why David Bowie was the most influential artist of the last century
I don’t know about you, but for me David Bowie was a synonym of cool. But not dumb cool, or stupid cool, just cool. Unnecessary, effortless and unapologetic coolness. I won’t attempt to revise his entire career, but these are my reasons why Bowie is an irreplaceable icon for my generation:
Known as the Chameleon of Rock, Bowie made reinventing himself a career. His ever-changing looks and tunes defined all the music genres he explored and he proved that he didn’t have to compromise or do whatever everyone else was doing to be a star. He was always uniquely relevant and a trend setter, inspiring other musicians rather than following them.
His artistic legacy is one of exploration, freedom and a relentless fear of the ordinary.
Whether you were into folk, soul, industrial rock, electronica, jazz or pop, you’ll find David Bowie’s stink all over the defining moments of each of those music eras.
His role in “The Hunger”
A rather unknown film where he stars opposite Catherine Deneuve and Susan Sarandon as a blood thirsty vampire. I think I’ve made my point.
Vampires AND lesbian scenes? To say that this movie was ahead of its time it’s an understatement.
He was also a fashion icon for men and women. You had to have a special kind of personality to wear these shoes, there is also the makeup, the androgynous clothes and the hair dos. But those platform shoes…
He was into wedges far before we knew what they were.
Which include Maynard James Keenan from Tool, Freddy Mercury, John Lennon, Tina Turner, Annie Lennox and Trent Reznor.
Here are some videos to further show David Bowie’s awesomeness, but also that he was a regular guy.
Original video of “Space Oddity
In the Conan O’Brien show
A 1973 interview
Life on Mars original video
Space Oddity recorded by Commander Chris Hadfield on board the International Space Station
His last video for some, an anticipation of his departure
…Ziggy played guitar
David Bowie (1947-2016)