History Trivia / DavidBowie

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.
30th Jan '16 8:41:58 PM DavidDelony
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* CashCowFranchise: While he stopped touring several years before he died and ''Music/TheNextDay'' was his first studio album in a decade, the bulk of his back catalog is still in print and often receives elaborate reissues (particularly his GlamRock works), there's a good deal of merchandising surrounding him, and new documentaries and/or books about his career (especially the latter) come along every year. The ''David Bowie Is'' retrospective of costumes and other memorabilia from his personal archive smashed attendance records at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London in 2013 and will be touring the world's premier museums well into 2016.

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* CashCowFranchise: While he stopped touring several years before he died and ''Music/TheNextDay'' was his first studio album in a decade, the bulk of his back catalog is still in print and often receives [[LimitedSpecialCollectorsUltimateEdition elaborate reissues reissues]] (particularly his GlamRock works), there's a good deal of merchandising surrounding him, and new documentaries and/or books about his career (especially the latter) come along every year. The ''David Bowie Is'' retrospective of costumes and other memorabilia from his personal archive smashed attendance records at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London in 2013 and will be touring the world's premier museums well into 2016.
28th Jan '16 1:04:28 PM Pren
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** Shortly after his death, Dominic Monaghan confirmed the long-standing rumor that he'd auditioned for a role in ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings''. The most popular speculation is that he wanted to play Elrond.
21st Jan '16 11:42:42 AM CassandraLeo
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* AuthorExistenceFailure: In January 2016 of liver cancer, causing a worldwide outpouring of grief. Despite originally intending ''Music/{{Blackstar}}'' to be his final album, Bowie changed his mind after recording it and made demo recordings of five new songs for what he intended to be its follow-up, but he died before he could complete it.
16th Jan '16 1:07:02 PM CassandraLeo
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* ThrowItIn: While recording the title track for ''"Heroes"'', Bowie, Tony Visconti, and Music/BrianEno had [[Music/KingCrimson Robert Fripp]] record three separate takes of the song's iconic guitar line. Just for the hell of it, they tried playing the three takes together, liked the way it sounded, and the rest is history.
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