History Music / DavidBowie

26th Apr '16 4:02:45 PM SPBurke
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* GrandmaWhatMassiveHotnessYouHave: Was almost seventy when he died; was dashingly handsome to the very end and didn't look his age at all.
22nd Apr '16 2:02:01 PM DoctorCooper
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* OlderThanTheyLook[=/=][[GrandmaWhatMassiveHotnessYouHave Grandpa, What Massive Hotness You Have]]: He's still lookin' good at 66, if the photo that accompanied ''The Next Day'''s release announcement [[http://www.avclub.com/articles/david-bowie-celebrates-his-birthday-by-announcing,90603/ is any indication]].
16th Apr '16 4:02:09 AM DrRomoray
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* LostInCharacter: Ziggy is always cool but this is him at pretty much his worst. In 1975 his cocaine use turned into addiction, and he was paranoid and sort of believed he was his character The Thin White Duke and was saying crazy things. His relationship with his manager was deteriorating. It is why he moved to Berlin "I moved from the cocaine capital of the world (Los Angeles) to the smack capital of the world (West Berlin)..." He goes on to say that fortunately he had no feel for smack and cocaine was hard to get in Berlin, so he cleaned up as he worked on what would become known as his Berlin Trilogy. There's a very good documentary following him during this period, filmed in 1974, called ''Cracked Actor'' (it's on YouTube). His diet at the time consisted of only milk, red peppers, and cocaine--the essential food pyramid! He got down to 85 lbs. (He was 5 foot 10.)

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* LostInCharacter: Ziggy ''Station to Station'' is always cool but this is him at pretty much his worst. In 1975 his cocaine use turned into addiction, and he was paranoid and sort of believed he was his character The Thin White Duke and was saying crazy things. His relationship with his manager was deteriorating. It is why he moved to Berlin "I moved from the cocaine capital of the world (Los Angeles) to the smack capital of the world (West Berlin)..." He goes on to say that fortunately he had no feel for smack and cocaine was hard to get in Berlin, so he cleaned up as he worked on what would become known as his Berlin Trilogy. There's a very good documentary following him during this period, filmed in 1974, called ''Cracked Actor'' (it's on YouTube). His diet at the time consisted of only milk, red peppers, and cocaine--the essential food pyramid! He got down to 85 lbs. (He was 5 foot 10.)
16th Apr '16 4:00:32 AM DrRomoray
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By TheNewTens he was an apparently-retired ReclusiveArtist, until January 8 2013 (his 66th birthday), when he announced a new album (''Music/TheNextDay'') and presented its first song and video online. He no longer performed live or granted interviews by that stage. While he would not appear onstage, his next major project ''Lazarus'' (a musical stage play co-written with Enda Walsh, InspiredBy the source novel for ''The Man Who Fell to Earth'') was set to debut off-Broadway in late 2015. It was followed by what would turn out to be his final studio album, ''★''[[note]]pronounced ''Blackstar''[[/note]], released on his 69th birthday in January 2016. Two days after its release, Bowie passed away after an eighteen-month battle with liver cancer.

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By TheNewTens he was an apparently-retired ReclusiveArtist, until January 8 2013 (his 66th birthday), when he announced a new album (''Music/TheNextDay'') and presented its first song and video online. He no longer performed live or granted interviews by that stage. While he would not appear onstage, his next major project ''Lazarus'' (a musical stage play co-written with Enda Walsh, InspiredBy the source novel for ''The Man Who Fell to Earth'') was set to debut off-Broadway in late 2015. It was followed by what would turn out to be his final studio album, ''★''[[note]]pronounced ''Blackstar''[[/note]], released on his 69th birthday in January 2016. Two days after its release, Bowie passed away after an eighteen-month battle with liver cancer.
cancer. Two weeks later NASA immediately discovered a planet in some other galaxy. You do the math.


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* LostInCharacter: Ziggy is always cool but this is him at pretty much his worst. In 1975 his cocaine use turned into addiction, and he was paranoid and sort of believed he was his character The Thin White Duke and was saying crazy things. His relationship with his manager was deteriorating. It is why he moved to Berlin "I moved from the cocaine capital of the world (Los Angeles) to the smack capital of the world (West Berlin)..." He goes on to say that fortunately he had no feel for smack and cocaine was hard to get in Berlin, so he cleaned up as he worked on what would become known as his Berlin Trilogy. There's a very good documentary following him during this period, filmed in 1974, called ''Cracked Actor'' (it's on YouTube). His diet at the time consisted of only milk, red peppers, and cocaine--the essential food pyramid! He got down to 85 lbs. (He was 5 foot 10.)
30th Mar '16 10:24:18 PM aye_amber
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* TenMinuteRetirement: For his bigger hit songs, rather than himself, during the Tin Machine period. The solo Sound+Vision Tour in 1990 was hyped as the final tour in which he'd perform [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sound%2BVision_Tour#The_Songs them]] in concert, as he wanted to move on from them. This stuck until 1996's Outside Summer Festivals Tour reintroduced ""Heroes"" to his set lists, and most of the "big" songs have since returned to the stage.
** Bowie himself had one after the last Ziggy Stardust concert when he announced, "Not only is it the last show of the tour, it's the last show we'll ever do." He meant it was his last show as the ''character'' Ziggy Stardust, but the audience didn't know that at the time.

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* TenMinuteRetirement: For his bigger hit songs, rather than himself, during the Tin Machine ''Tin Machine'' period. The solo Sound+Vision Tour in 1990 was hyped as the final tour in which he'd perform [[http://en.[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sound%2BVision_Tour#The_Songs them]] in concert, as he wanted to move on from them. This stuck until 1996's Outside Summer Festivals Tour reintroduced ""Heroes"" "Heroes" to his set lists, and most of the "big" songs have since returned to the stage.
** Bowie himself had one after the last Ziggy Stardust ''Ziggy Stardust'' concert when he announced, announced: "Not only is it the last show of the tour, it's the last show we'll ever do." He meant it was his last show as the ''character'' Ziggy Stardust, but the audience didn't know that at the time.
21st Mar '16 12:06:44 AM aye_amber
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** Bowie's song '"Heroes"' has been covered in French as '"Heros"' and in German as '"Helden"'.
** Also, "Ragazzo Solo, Ragazza Sola", a love song to the tune of "Space Oddity" (which Bowie hated; he thought he was singing a direct translation).
** He also recorded a Mandarin version of ''Earthling'''s "Seven Years in Tibet".
** The movie ''Film/TheLifeAquaticWithSteveZissou'' features performances of Bowie songs in Portugese.
* {{Trickster}}: One never knew quite what the new Bowie album would be like for most of his career or, in TheSeventies, which persona it would be... and even after you got it, there was guaranteed to be enough LyricalDissonance to keep you scratching your head wondering what it really meant for years. The ''visual'' presentation of his work (concerts, videos, live TV performances) varies wildly from period to period as well. He freely courted controversy and flaunted unconventional ways in TheSeventies, and though he did mellow out come TheEighties, he never lost the strong sense of humor that served him well both on and offstage. And while the man himself is mellow, he is still capable of creating works of alarming darkness and grotesquerie.
* TropeOverdosed: There are more than ''350'' references to him on TV Tropes. Might be due to his constant ch-ch-ch-ch-changes?

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** Bowie's song '"Heroes"' has been covered in French as '"Heros"' and in German as '"Helden"'.
'"Helden."'
** Also, "Ragazzo Solo, Ragazza Sola", Sola," a love song to the tune of "Space Oddity" (which Bowie hated; he thought he was singing a direct translation).
** He also recorded a Mandarin version of ''Earthling'''s "Seven Years in Tibet".
Tibet."
** The movie ''Film/TheLifeAquaticWithSteveZissou'' features performances of Bowie songs in Portugese.
Portuguese.
* {{Trickster}}: One never knew quite what the new Bowie album would be like for most of his career or, in TheSeventies, which persona it would be... and And even after you got it, there was guaranteed to be enough LyricalDissonance to keep you scratching your head wondering what it really meant for years. The ''visual'' presentation of his work (concerts, videos, live TV performances) varies wildly from period to period as well. He freely courted controversy and flaunted unconventional ways in TheSeventies, and though he did mellow out come TheEighties, he never lost the strong sense of humor that served him well both on and offstage. And while the man himself is mellow, he is still capable of creating works of alarming darkness and grotesquerie.
* TropeOverdosed: There are more than ''350'' references to him on TV Tropes. ''TV Tropes.'' Might be due to his constant ch-ch-ch-ch-changes?



* {{Ubermensch}}: A recurring theme in several early songs, including "The Supermen", "Quicksand", and "Oh! You Pretty Things" from ''Music/HunkyDory''.

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* {{Ubermensch}}: A recurring theme in several early songs, including "The Supermen", "Quicksand", Supermen," "Quicksand," and "Oh! You Pretty Things" from ''Music/HunkyDory''.''Music/HunkyDory.''



** Subverted in the video for "Thursday's Child", where a separate actor was used for the younger Bowie.
* UncommonTime: Used this occasionally. "Soul Love", from ''Music/TheRiseAndFallOfZiggyStardustAndTheSpidersFromMars'', has the first two measures of each of its verses in 7/4. "Win", from ''Music/YoungAmericans'', contains passages in 5/4. "Chant of the Ever Circling Skeletal Family", from ''Music/DiamondDogs'' alternated between 5/4 and 6/4
* UntitledTitle: "Untitled No 1" from ''The Buddha of Suburbia''
* VideoFullOfFilmClips: Several -- "This Is Not America" (''The Falcon and the Snowman''), "Absolute Beginners", "As the World Falls Down" (''Labyrinth''; crosses over with Movie Tie-In Music Video), "ComicBook/WhenTheWindBlows", "Real Film/CoolWorld", and "The Buddha of Suburbia". He doesn't appear onscreen in any way, shape, or form in the first and fifth examples.

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** Subverted in the video for "Thursday's Child", Child," where a separate actor was used for the younger Bowie.
* UncommonTime: Used this occasionally. "Soul Love", Love," from ''Music/TheRiseAndFallOfZiggyStardustAndTheSpidersFromMars'', ''Music/TheRiseAndFallOfZiggyStardustAndTheSpidersFromMars,'' has the first two measures of each of its verses in 7/4. "Win", "Win," from ''Music/YoungAmericans'', ''Music/YoungAmericans,'' contains passages in 5/4. "Chant of the Ever Circling Skeletal Family", Family," from ''Music/DiamondDogs'' alternated between 5/4 and 6/4
6/4.
* UntitledTitle: "Untitled No No. 1" from ''The Buddha of Suburbia''
Suburbia.''
* VideoFullOfFilmClips: Several -- "This Is is Not America" (''The Falcon and the Snowman''), "Absolute Beginners", Beginners," "As the World Falls Down" (''Labyrinth''; (''Labyrinth;'' crosses over with Movie Tie-In Music Video), "ComicBook/WhenTheWindBlows", "ComicBook/WhenTheWindBlows," "Real Film/CoolWorld", Film/CoolWorld," and "The Buddha of Suburbia". Suburbia." He doesn't appear onscreen in any way, shape, or form in the first and fifth examples.



* VocalEvolution: His voice started to noticeably deepen between ''Music/AladdinSane'' and ''Music/DiamondDogs.'' (Music/FlightOfTheConchords' "Bowie" affectionately pokes fun at this, with the singers constantly switching between pre- and post-Diamond Dogs style voices.)

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* VocalEvolution: His voice started to noticeably deepen between ''Music/AladdinSane'' and ''Music/DiamondDogs.'' (Music/FlightOfTheConchords' "Bowie" affectionately pokes fun at this, with the singers constantly switching between pre- and post-Diamond Dogs post-''Diamond Dogs'' style voices.)



* WaistcoatOfStyle: The Thin White Duke's black one was vital to the character's look; as himself, Bowie would wear one for the Sound+Vision tour as well.

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* WaistcoatOfStyle: The Thin White Duke's black one was vital to the character's look; as himself, Bowie would wear one for the Sound+Vision ''Sound+Vision'' tour as well.



* WhamLine: ''"Ground Control to Major Tom /Your circuit's dead; there's something wrong..."''

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* WhamLine: ''"Ground Control to Major Tom /Your / Your circuit's dead; there's something wrong..."''



* WhoNamesTheirKidDude: Or in this case, "Zowie." Thankfully, Bowie saw fit to give his son the full name "Duncan Zowie Heywood Jones" on his birth certificate, in case young Zowie Bowie ended up hating his name and wanted to change to something more normal. He did, and is now famous in his own right as [[Film/{{Moon}} director]] Duncan Jones.
* WordSaladLyrics and WordSaladTitle: Bowie utilizes the "cut-up" technique often, resulting in some strange lyrical products that usually fall into TheWalrusWasPaul territory. ''1. Outside'' not only has examples of cut-up lyrics, but the technique is actually used ''in-story'' -- in the liner notes' "The Diary of Nathan Adler," Adler takes computer database information on people who knew the victim of the art-murder and feeds it into a randomiser "that re-strings real life facts as improbable virtual fact" with the hopes of finding "a lead or two."

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* WhoNamesTheirKidDude: Or in this case, "Zowie." Thankfully, Bowie saw fit to give his son the full name "Duncan Zowie Heywood Jones" on his birth certificate, in case young Zowie Bowie ended up hating his name and wanted to change to something more normal. He did, and is now famous in his own right as [[Film/{{Moon}} director]] Duncan Jones.
''Duncan Jones.''
* WordSaladLyrics and / WordSaladTitle: Bowie utilizes the "cut-up" technique often, resulting in some strange lyrical products that usually fall into TheWalrusWasPaul territory. ''1. Outside'' not only has examples of cut-up lyrics, but the technique is actually used ''in-story'' -- in the liner notes' "The Diary of Nathan Adler," Adler takes computer database information on people who knew the victim of the art-murder and feeds it into a randomiser "that re-strings real life facts as improbable virtual fact" with the hopes of finding "a lead or two."
15th Mar '16 7:36:05 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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Notable for [[AcceptablePoliticalTargets keeping his political opinions to himself]] and concentrating on entertainment. (Well, except during his drug-induced CreatorBreakdown in TheSeventies, when he dabbled in fascism -- as Music/RickJames once said, "[[Series/ChappellesShow Cocaine is a hell of a drug.]]") He married Somalian supermodel-actress Iman in 1992, and the couple had a daughter, Alexandria Zahra Jones, in 2000. Via his first marriage to Angela Barnett in TheSeventies, he is also the father of Zowie Bowie, better known these days as Creator/DuncanJones, who made a name for himself as the director of 2009 sci-fi masterpiece ''Film/{{Moon}}'' and the 2011 techno-thriller ''Film/SourceCode''.

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Notable for [[AcceptablePoliticalTargets keeping his political opinions to himself]] and concentrating on entertainment. (Well, except during his drug-induced CreatorBreakdown in TheSeventies, when he dabbled in fascism -- as Music/RickJames Rick James once said, "[[Series/ChappellesShow Cocaine is a hell of a drug.]]") He married Somalian supermodel-actress Iman in 1992, and the couple had a daughter, Alexandria Zahra Jones, in 2000. Via his first marriage to Angela Barnett in TheSeventies, he is also the father of Zowie Bowie, better known these days as Creator/DuncanJones, who made a name for himself as the director of 2009 sci-fi masterpiece ''Film/{{Moon}}'' and the 2011 techno-thriller ''Film/SourceCode''.
15th Mar '16 7:34:53 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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Notable for [[AcceptablePoliticalTargets keeping his political opinions to himself]] and concentrating on entertainment. He married Somalian supermodel-actress Iman in 1992, and the couple had a daughter, Alexandria Zahra Jones, in 2000. Via his first marriage to Angela Barnett in TheSeventies, he is also the father of Zowie Bowie, better known these days as Creator/DuncanJones, who made a name for himself as the director of 2009 sci-fi masterpiece ''Film/{{Moon}}'' and the 2011 techno-thriller ''Film/SourceCode''.

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Notable for [[AcceptablePoliticalTargets keeping his political opinions to himself]] and concentrating on entertainment. (Well, except during his drug-induced CreatorBreakdown in TheSeventies, when he dabbled in fascism -- as Music/RickJames once said, "[[Series/ChappellesShow Cocaine is a hell of a drug.]]") He married Somalian supermodel-actress Iman in 1992, and the couple had a daughter, Alexandria Zahra Jones, in 2000. Via his first marriage to Angela Barnett in TheSeventies, he is also the father of Zowie Bowie, better known these days as Creator/DuncanJones, who made a name for himself as the director of 2009 sci-fi masterpiece ''Film/{{Moon}}'' and the 2011 techno-thriller ''Film/SourceCode''.
13th Mar '16 3:22:28 AM TheAndyman14
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** Invoked with "Jump They Say" - the way it is sung in the chorus makes it sound like "They Say Jump".
11th Mar '16 11:57:46 PM aye_amber
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* VillainRecruitmentSong: "That's Motivation" (from the film ''Film/AbsoluteBeginners''; also a DisneyAcidSequence).

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* VillainRecruitmentSong: "That's Motivation" (from the film ''Film/AbsoluteBeginners''; ''Film/AbsoluteBeginners;'' also a DisneyAcidSequence).



* VocalEvolution: His voice started to noticeably deepen between ''Music/AladdinSane'' and ''Music/DiamondDogs''. (Music/FlightOfTheConchords' "Bowie" affectionately pokes fun at this, with the singers constantly switching between pre- and post-''Music/DiamondDogs''-style voices.)
** He slips back into his old voice from time to time, though. It's nice glimpse into the past. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGhL_1tdWmE This live version of Rock 'n' Roll Suicide is a pretty good example.]] Wait until the "They're so natural" bit.

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* VocalEvolution: His voice started to noticeably deepen between ''Music/AladdinSane'' and ''Music/DiamondDogs''. ''Music/DiamondDogs.'' (Music/FlightOfTheConchords' "Bowie" affectionately pokes fun at this, with the singers constantly switching between pre- and post-''Music/DiamondDogs''-style post-Diamond Dogs style voices.)
** He slips back into his old voice from time to time, though. It's nice glimpse into the past. [[http://www.[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGhL_1tdWmE This live version of Rock "Rock 'n' Roll Suicide Suicide" is a pretty good example.]] Wait until the "They're so natural" bit.



* WhamLine: ''"Ground Control to Major Tom/Your circuit's dead; there's something wrong..."''
* WholesomeCrossdresser: Engaged in this occasionally, starting with the album cover for ''Music/TheManWhoSoldTheWorld''.
* WhoNamesTheirKidDude: Or in this case, "Zowie". Thankfully, Bowie saw fit to give his son the full name "Duncan Zowie Heywood Jones" on his birth certificate, in case young Zowie Bowie ended up hating his name and wanted to change to something more normal. He did, and is now famous in his own right as [[Film/{{Moon}} director]] Duncan Jones.
* WordSaladLyrics and WordSaladTitle: Bowie utilizes the "cut-up" technique often, resulting in some strange lyrical products that usually fall into TheWalrusWasPaul territory. ''1. Outside'' not only has examples of cut-up lyrics, but the technique is actually used ''in-story'' -- in the liner notes' "The Diary of Nathan Adler", Adler takes computer database information on people who knew the victim of the art-murder and feeds it into a randomiser "that re-strings real life facts as improbable virtual-fact" with the hopes of finding "a lead or two".

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* WhamLine: ''"Ground Control to Major Tom/Your Tom /Your circuit's dead; there's something wrong..."''
* WholesomeCrossdresser: Engaged in this occasionally, starting with the album cover for ''Music/TheManWhoSoldTheWorld''.
''Music/TheManWhoSoldTheWorld.''
* WhoNamesTheirKidDude: Or in this case, "Zowie". "Zowie." Thankfully, Bowie saw fit to give his son the full name "Duncan Zowie Heywood Jones" on his birth certificate, in case young Zowie Bowie ended up hating his name and wanted to change to something more normal. He did, and is now famous in his own right as [[Film/{{Moon}} director]] Duncan Jones.
* WordSaladLyrics and WordSaladTitle: Bowie utilizes the "cut-up" technique often, resulting in some strange lyrical products that usually fall into TheWalrusWasPaul territory. ''1. Outside'' not only has examples of cut-up lyrics, but the technique is actually used ''in-story'' -- in the liner notes' "The Diary of Nathan Adler", Adler," Adler takes computer database information on people who knew the victim of the art-murder and feeds it into a randomiser "that re-strings real life facts as improbable virtual-fact" virtual fact" with the hopes of finding "a lead or two".
two."



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