The whole music scene has once again been taken by storm. This after the announcement of the passing of David Bowie by his family on his Facebook page a few hours ago…
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. Therefore 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’ – which saw the light three days ago. Thus coinciding with his 69th Birthday… He constantly redefined his style, most likely along with his image…
Although more of a Rock icon, David Bowie would have a lot of impact on the Disco scene. This when giving birth to his flamboyant alter ego by the likes of Ziggy Stardust. Meanwhile, eventually influencing artists such as Amanda Lear if not Sylvester. He also happened to be the one who reconcilated Chic‘s Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards. The whole during the recording of ‘Let’s Dance’. And more precisely after 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.
David Bowie, an innate chameleon, also managed to cause the surprise behind the camera with what appeared as a taylor made role for him. Delivering a vibrant 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’). Thus playing the role of rebellious New Zealander officier Major Jack Celliers. Himself facing Japanese alter ego Ryuichi Sakamato as Captain Yonoi. But how could we also forget his role as ‘The Elephant Man’ for three months back in September 1980 on the Bernard Pomerance 1977 written Broadway tragedy of the likes?!?
David Bowie was always changing, when not himself being the source of the change. As a natural receptacle of his envirnoment. Embracing Electro influences which he got from Kraut Rock groups such as Kraftwerk, Can or Neu on his 1977 ‘Low’ album. Then leaving his imprint on the then emerging New Wave. This with his 1980 ‘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’. With the latter 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 ‘The next Day’ album. Not to mention its outstanding James Murphy‘s ‘Hello Steve Reich Mix for the DFA’ remix. Itself 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.
Indamixworldwide would like to express their deepest condolences to David Bowie‘s family and friends.
R.I.P. and so long, hero…
Tribute: David Bowie