The whole music scene has once again been taken by storm, following the announcement, a few hours ago, of the passing of David Bowie, by his family on his Facebook page…
Which ever kind of music we may love, David Robert Jones will be remembered as one of the very rare artists to have transcended the genres, in a unique style standing on his own. From his early contributions back in the second half of the 60’s with the release of ‘Space Oddity’, his debut-single as David Bowie, in July 1969, to his ultimate album – ‘Blackstar’ – issued 3 days ago, coinciding with his 69th Birthday, he constantly redefined his style, most likely along with his image.
Although more of a Rock icon, Bowie would have a lot of impact on the Disco scene, when giving birth to his flamboyant alter ego by the likes of Ziggy Stardust, eventually influencing artists such as Amanda Lear if not Sylvester. He would be the one who reconcilated Chic‘s Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards during the recording of ‘Let’s Dance’, when Rodgers, unsatisfied with his bassist, came to call Edwards to add his inimitable play, as he admitted in an interview we had back in 1992.
Bowie, an innate chameleon, also managed to cause the surprise behind the camera with what appeared as a taylor made role for him, in his virant performance on the Nagisa Oshima 1983 directed World War II drama film ‘Furyo’ (俘虜, Japanese for ‘prisoner of war’) also known as ‘Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence’ (Japanese: ‘Senjō no Merī Kurisumasu’ (戦場のメリークリスマス?, (‘Merry Christmas on the Battlefield’), as rebellious New Zealander officier Major Jack Celliers facing Japanese alter ego Ryuichi Sakamato as Captain Yonoi. But how could we also forget his role as ‘The Elephant Man’ for 3 months back in September 1980 on the Bernard Pomerance 1977 writen Broadway tragedy of the likes?!?
The man was always changing, if not himself being the source of the change, as a natural receptacle of his envirnoment, embracing Electro influences inherited from Kraut Rock groups such as Kraftwerk, Can or Neu on his 1977 released ‘Low’ album, leaving his imprint on the then emerging New Wave with his 1980 released ‘Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)’ album which spawned the #1 hit ‘Ashes To Ashes’. A penchant for Electronic music that would see him teaming up once again with Chic‘s Nile Rodgers back in 1993 on the ‘Black Tie White Noise’, putting a definitive end to his Hard Rock period with Tin Machine.
And how could we also forget about the more recent ‘Love Is Lost’ (taken from his 2013 released ‘The next Day’ album and its outstanding James Murphy‘s ‘Hello Steve Reich Mix for the DFA’ remix featuring a sample of ‘Ashes To Ashes’?
A singer, a musician, a producer, an arranger, an actor and a painter, David Bowie fully embodied the idea of the blend, therefore explaining the reason of his presence on these columns.
We would like to express our deepest condolences to his family and friends.
R.I.P. and so long, hero…