History Trivia / DavidBowie

8th May '17 3:55:15 AM AlternativeCola
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** He was set to reprise his role from ''Film/TwinPeaksFireWalkWithMe'' as Phillip Jeffries in the 2017 revival of ''Series/TwinPeaks'' but his death prevented it from happening.
2nd May '17 8:56:59 PM Ezclee4050
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* BreakthroughHit: "Starman". In the U.K., his ''Top of the Pops'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v342TST9tFw performance of this song]], complete with some FauxYay between him and guitarist Mick Ronson, is as fondly recalled as a superstar-making moment as Music/MichaelJackson's performance of "Billie Jean" on ''Motown 25'' is everywhere else. His U.S. breakthrough was "Fame" in 1975.

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* BreakthroughHit: "Starman". In the U.K., his ''Top of the Pops'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v342TST9tFw performance of this song]], complete with some FauxYay between him and guitarist Mick Ronson, is as fondly recalled as a superstar-making moment as Music/MichaelJackson's performance of "Billie Jean" on ''Motown 25'' is everywhere else. His The 1973 reissue of "Space Oddity" was his U.S. breakthrough was (with "Fame" in 1975.proving his staying power by topping the charts two years later).
10th Apr '17 12:47:48 PM thelivingtoad
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** Bowie had long teased writing an autobiography, and apparently made several attempts throughout his career. One such project was ''David Bowie: Object'', in which he would have told his life story through 50 objects. The project ultimately fell through, but found a spiritual successor in the ''David Bowie Is...'' exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. Bowie was not involved with that project, but did allow its curators access to his extensive personal archives, and apparently most of the items that Bowie had set aside for ''Object'' wound up being selected for the exhibit.
10th Apr '17 12:40:20 PM thelivingtoad
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** He disavows his 1967 album in general. It would probably be unwise even to mention "The Laughing Gnome" -- but some people will likely never let him forget it.

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** He disavows his 1967 album in general. It would probably be unwise even to mention "The Laughing Gnome" -- but some people will likely never let him forget it. The 2014 greatest hits album ''Nothing Has Changed'', which had Bowie's input in selecting the tracklisting, includes a charitable selection of pre-"Space Oddity" tunes, (including his first single "Liza Jane") but "The Laughing Gnome" is nowhere to be found.
30th Apr '16 2:53:33 PM aye_amber
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** A BookWorm (see his main page for more on this).

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** A BookWorm (see {{Bookworm}} (See his main page for more on this).



** In a Website/{{Reddit}} AMA posted after Bowie's death, {{Harmonix}} said that they created an avatar based on him for ''Amplitude'', but the avatar was removed from the final product due to technical issues.

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** In a Website/{{Reddit}} AMA posted after Bowie's death, {{Harmonix}} Creator/{{Harmonix}} said that they created an avatar based on him for ''Amplitude'', but the avatar was removed from the final product due to technical issues.
30th Apr '16 2:51:50 PM aye_amber
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** While most of his music videos have been officially released on various formats, a few slipped through the cracks -- including the handful of videos he made with Tin Machine. The videos from the first album can be seen legally on Website/YouTube via [=VEVO=], since EMI uploaded them, but since Bowie and co. did ''Tin Machine II'' on another label, those videos are MIA.

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** While most of his music videos have been officially released on various formats, a few slipped through the cracks -- including the handful of videos he made with Tin Machine. The videos from the first album can be seen legally on Website/YouTube via [=VEVO=], VEVO, since EMI uploaded them, but since Bowie and co. did ''Tin Machine II'' on another label, those videos are MIA.



* MissingEpisode: ''Toy'', which would have come after ''hours...''.

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* MissingEpisode: ''Toy'', ''Toy,'' which would have come after ''hours...''.



** He declined to cover one of Music/PeterGabriel's songs for his ''[[CoverAlbum Scratch My Back]]'' companion project ''I'll Scratch Yours'', where each of the artists he covered covers one of his songs in turn. We got Music/BrianEno instead.

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** He declined to cover one of Music/PeterGabriel's songs for his ''[[CoverAlbum Scratch My Back]]'' companion project ''I'll Scratch Yours'', Yours,'' where each of the artists he covered covers one of his songs in turn. We got Music/BrianEno instead.



** Prior to Bowie's death, Bryan Fuller said that he was considering to cast him as Robert Lecter in NBC's ''Series/{{Hannibal}}''.

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** Prior to Bowie's death, Bryan Fuller said that he was considering to cast him as Robert Lecter in NBC's ''Series/{{Hannibal}}''.''Series/{{Hannibal}}.''



** In a {{Reddit}} AMA posted after Bowie's death, {{Harmonix}} said that they created an avatar based on him for ''Amplitude'', but the avatar was removed from the final product due to technical issues.

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** In a {{Reddit}} Website/{{Reddit}} AMA posted after Bowie's death, {{Harmonix}} said that they created an avatar based on him for ''Amplitude'', but the avatar was removed from the final product due to technical issues.
30th Apr '16 2:47:47 PM aye_amber
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** Music/ThePixies were enormous Bowie fans, and then he covered their song "Cactus" on ''Heathen''.
** Creator/TildaSwinton has been an avowed Bowie fan ever since she saw ''Film/TheManWhoFellToEarth'', and in the 2013 video for "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)" she got to play his wife.
** Bowie himself was a big fan of Music/LouReed - and ended up producing his album ''Music/{{Transformer}}''.

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** Music/ThePixies were enormous Bowie fans, and then he covered their song "Cactus" on ''Heathen''.
''Heathen.''
** Creator/TildaSwinton has been an avowed Bowie fan ever since she saw ''Film/TheManWhoFellToEarth'', ''Film/TheManWhoFellToEarth,'' and in the 2013 video for "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)" she got to play his wife.
** Bowie himself was a big fan of Music/LouReed - and ended up producing his album ''Music/{{Transformer}}''.''Music/{{Transformer}}.''



* TroubledProduction: The Diamond Dogs and Glass Spider Tours (1974 and 1987, respectively), the two most elaborately staged of his tours. Both had numerous technical/logistical challenges to face just for starters. This is one reason why the former effectively stopped being a tour for ''Diamond Dogs'' about halfway through, instead becoming a blue eyed soul revue that would lead to ''Young Americans''.

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* TroubledProduction: The Diamond Dogs and Glass Spider Tours (1974 and 1987, respectively), the two most elaborately staged of his tours. Both had numerous technical/logistical challenges to face just for starters. This is one reason why the former effectively stopped being a tour for ''Diamond Dogs'' about halfway through, instead becoming a blue eyed soul revue that would lead to ''Young Americans''.Americans.''



* TypeCasting: Most of his roles, be they goodies or baddies, human or inhuman, are linked by a cool, mysterious aura -- the trailer for the movie ''Film/TheHunger'' referred to this as "cruel elegance".

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* TypeCasting: Most of his roles, be they goodies or baddies, human or inhuman, are linked by a cool, mysterious aura -- the trailer for the movie ''Film/TheHunger'' referred to this as "cruel elegance".elegance."



*** Trivia/MartinScorsese who cast Bowie as Pontius Pilate in Last Temptation of Christ, planned to work with him in a movie about George Gershwin, where Bowie would have played...FredAstaire. Indeed, Scorsese discussed the project with Astaire in his final years and Astaire gave Bowie ApprovalOfGod.
** David Hemmings, who directed Bowie in ''Film/JustAGigolo'', also filmed one of his 1978 concerts, but Bowie wasn't happy with the result and it was never released.

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*** Trivia/MartinScorsese who cast Bowie as Pontius Pilate in Last Temptation of Christ, planned to work with him in a movie about George Gershwin, where Bowie would have played...FredAstaire. Creator/FredAstaire. Indeed, Scorsese discussed the project with Astaire in his final years and Astaire gave Bowie ApprovalOfGod.
** David Hemmings, who directed Bowie in ''Film/JustAGigolo'', ''Just a Gigolo,'' also filmed one of his 1978 concerts, but Bowie wasn't happy with the result and it was never released.
25th Apr '16 9:27:34 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* HeyItsThatGuy: Notable guests/backup performers in Bowie's work (beyond duets and his well-established collaborative efforts with Iggy Pop and Music/BrianEno) include:
** [[Music/{{Yes}} Rick Wakeman]] on piano on ''Music/HunkyDory'', ladies and gentlemen! He also provides the Mellotron in "Space Oddity", bringing him into the limelight for the first time.
** In addition to providing backing vocals, Music/LutherVandross co-wrote a song on ''Young Americans'' ("Fascination"). Over a decade later, he contributed to the backing vocals on [[Film/{{Labyrinth}} "Underground"]]...as did Chaka Khan and Cissy Houston (who is probably best known to the general public as [[Music/WhitneyHouston Whitney]]'s mom, but is an accomplished singer in her own right).
** Also from ''Music/YoungAmericans'': Music/JohnLennon not only co-wrote "Fame" but provided backing vocals and guitar work on that and Bowie's cover of "Across the Universe".
** Stevie Ray Vaughan on guitar on ''Music/LetsDance''.
** Music/PeterFrampton on guitar for both ''Never Let Me Down'' and the supporting Glass Spider Tour. Fun fact: he and Bowie were schoolmates back in the day.
** [[Music/KingCrimson Robert Fripp]] on guitar for ''Music/{{Heroes}}'' and Adrian Belew for ''Music/{{Lodger}}'', the follow-up Isolar II tour, and (much later) the Sound+Vision tour.
** [[Music/TheWho Pete Townshend]], Robert Fripp and Chuck Hammer on guitar for ''Scary Monsters''. Townshend would come back for ''Heathen''.
** Two of Bowie's biggest hits of TheNineties came via remixes with guest performers -- Music/PetShopBoys on "Hallo Spaceboy" (''1. Music/{{Outside}}'') and Music/NineInchNails on "I'm Afraid of Americans" (''Earthling'').
13th Feb '16 1:10:00 PM MarkLungo
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* ExecutiveMeddling: A rare ''positive'' example of this came with ''Music/TheRiseAndFallOfZiggyStardustAndTheSpidersFromMars'' when [=RCA=] execs liked it, but also wanted a song that they could push as a single. So Bowie wrote "Starman", which replaced a cover of Music/ChuckBerry's "Around and Around" on the album and turned out to be the song that made his career.

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* ExecutiveMeddling: A rare ''positive'' example of this came with ''Music/TheRiseAndFallOfZiggyStardustAndTheSpidersFromMars'' when [=RCA=] Creator/RCARecords execs liked it, but also wanted a song that they could push as a single. So Bowie wrote "Starman", which replaced a cover of Music/ChuckBerry's "Around and Around" on the album and turned out to be the song that made his career.
9th Feb '16 12:48:27 AM JulianLapostat
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** He's something of a Japanophile -- Ziggy Stardust's look owes a lot to kabuki theater -- and has demonstrated surprisingly insightful knowledge of Japanese politics and philosophy in interviews.

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** He's something of a Japanophile -- Ziggy Stardust's look owes a lot to kabuki theater -- and has demonstrated surprisingly insightful knowledge of Japanese politics and philosophy in interviews. In addition he worked with Japanese avant-garde film-maker Nagisa Oshima.


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*** Trivia/MartinScorsese who cast Bowie as Pontius Pilate in Last Temptation of Christ, planned to work with him in a movie about George Gershwin, where Bowie would have played...FredAstaire. Indeed, Scorsese discussed the project with Astaire in his final years and Astaire gave Bowie ApprovalOfGod.
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