History YMMV / DavidBowie

8th Aug '16 5:07:01 PM DavidDelony
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* AuthorsSavingThrow: Bowie expressed regret for his comments in interviews during the [[Music/StationToStation Thin White Duke]] era, during which he occasionally expressed sympathy with fascism (due, it's generally accepted, to getting LostInCharacter as the Duke, who actually was a fascist). After this point, on the rare occasions when he would express political themes in his work, they often tended to be anti-fascist, anti-racist, or otherwise anti-authoritarian. Good examples are the videos for "China Girl" and "Let's Dance", as well as much of the content of ''Tin Machine''. The line "To be insulted by these fascists is so degrading" from ''Music/ScaryMonstersAndSuperCreeps'' is also generally considered to be an apology for this period. (It may be worth pointing out that some of Bowie's pre-Duke material also had anti-authoritarian themes, most notably ''Music/DiamondDogs'', which started out life as a musical adaptation of Creator/GeorgeOrwell's ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'', and still had several songs referencing the book even after Orwell's estate refused him the permission to use the work).

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* AuthorsSavingThrow: Bowie expressed regret for his comments in interviews during the [[Music/StationToStation Thin White Duke]] era, during which he occasionally expressed sympathy with fascism (due, it's generally accepted, to getting LostInCharacter as the Duke, who actually was a fascist). After this point, on the rare occasions when he would express political themes in his work, they often tended to be anti-fascist, anti-racist, or otherwise anti-authoritarian. Good examples are the videos for "China Girl" and "Let's Dance", as well as much of the content of ''Tin Machine''. He also called out Creator/{{MTV}} for not playing black artists in the early days. The line "To be insulted by these fascists is so degrading" from ''Music/ScaryMonstersAndSuperCreeps'' is also generally considered to be an apology for this period. (It may be worth pointing out that some of Bowie's pre-Duke material also had anti-authoritarian themes, most notably ''Music/DiamondDogs'', which started out life as a musical adaptation of Creator/GeorgeOrwell's ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'', and still had several songs referencing the book even after Orwell's estate refused him the permission to use the work).
7th Aug '16 4:11:26 AM YoKab
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* AmericansHateTingle: Along with many other GlamRock acts, Bowie had a tough time cracking the American market until "Fame" in 1975. ''Music/LetsDance'' made him a superstar, but a series of bad artistic decisions caused his popularity to dwindle to a cult following in the U.S. until his death in 2016, where he was again [[DeadArtistsAreBetter a posthumous superstar]].

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* AmericansHateTingle: Along with many other GlamRock acts, Bowie had a tough time cracking the American market until "Fame" in 1975. ''Music/LetsDance'' made him a superstar, but a series of bad artistic decisions caused his popularity to dwindle to a cult following in the U.S. until his death ''Music/{{Heathen}}'', and in 2016, 2016 where he was again [[DeadArtistsAreBetter a posthumous superstar]].
7th May '16 7:59:35 PM bowserbros
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* SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped: "I'm Afraid of Americans" is one big sardonic callout towards the prevalence of gun violence, poverty, and overall degeneracy in American society. Granted, it's not as harsh towards America as [[Music/BruceSpringsteen "Born in the USA"]], but the message is still pretty powerful, [[ValuesResonance particularly in recent years]].
6th May '16 5:36:15 PM Ezclee4050
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* SugarWiki/RuleOfSeanConnery: Whether you use him a little or a lot, your project ''will'' be cooler for his presence.



* SugarWiki/RuleOfSeanConnery: Whether you use him a little or a lot, your project ''will'' be cooler for his presence.
6th May '16 12:10:36 AM Ezclee4050
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* SecondVerseCurse: An unusual inversion of this trope with "Heroes". The single edit starts out with the third verse ("I, I wish you could swim..."), so many people aren't aware of the first two verses, or that the "I won't be king" section is a DarkReprise of the first verse.

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* SecondVerseCurse: An unusual inversion of this trope with "Heroes". The more-commonly heard single edit starts out with the third verse ("I, I wish you could swim..."), so many people aren't aware of the first two verses, or that the "I won't be king" section is a DarkReprise of the first verse.
6th May '16 12:09:47 AM Ezclee4050
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* SecondVerseCurse: An unusual inversion of this trope with "Heroes". The single edit starts out with the third verse ("I, I wish you could swim..."), so many people aren't aware of the first two verses, or that the "I won't be king" section is a DarkReprise of the first verse.
30th Apr '16 2:57:46 PM aye_amber
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** The protagonist of "Jump They Say" (''Black Tie White Noise'') is a little...different from others mentally, and is DrivenToSuicide by -- depending on interpretation -- [[HearingVoices voices in his head]] or society as a result. It's even worse in the video, where Bowie plays the poor soul as a businessman taken captive by his heartless peers and subjected to electroshock therapy, paving the way for his fateful jump. (To twist the knife in further, it's after his jump that the viewer sees a wedding band on his finger...) Also has a sad RealitySubtext, in that the song's [[http://www.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jump_They_Say inspired by]] the demise of Bowie's schizophrenic half-brother Terry Burns.

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** The protagonist of "Jump They Say" (''Black Tie White Noise'') is a little...different from others mentally, and is DrivenToSuicide by -- depending on interpretation -- [[HearingVoices voices in his head]] or society as a result. It's even worse in the video, where Bowie plays the poor soul as a businessman taken captive by his heartless peers and subjected to electroshock therapy, paving the way for his fateful jump. (To twist the knife in further, it's after his jump that the viewer sees a wedding band on his finger...) Also has a sad RealitySubtext, in that the song's [[http://www.[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jump_They_Say inspired by]] the demise of Bowie's schizophrenic half-brother Terry Burns.
25th Apr '16 4:38:14 PM DavidDelony
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* AmericansHateTingle: Along with many other GlamRock acts, Bowie had a tough time cracking the American market until "Fame" in 1975. ''Music/LetsDance'' made him a superstar, but a series of bad artistic decisions caused his popularity to dwindle to a cult following in the U.S. until his death in 2016, where he was again [[DeadArtistsAreBetter a posthumous superstar]].
16th Apr '16 11:35:29 PM aye_amber
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** Post-Tin Machine era (1993-2016): His output after TM was dotted with studio albums that small-but-vocal chunks of the fandom regard as Dork Ages. The albums with the most support for DorkAge were ''Black Tie White Noise'' (electronic lounge pop, some numbers doubling as [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments dedications]] to his then-new wife Iman but at the expense of a very dated early-90s record) and'' 'Music/{{hours}}...' ''(softer, more introspective fare, that suffered heavily from late-90s production and prompted the aforementioned Reeves Gabrels, to leave). This leaves seven other albums that have either [[VindicatedByHistory fared better with passing time]] or were critically popular upon release, as well as consistently well-received tours. Speaking of tours...

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** Post-Tin Machine era (1993-2016): His output after TM was dotted with studio albums that small-but-vocal small but vocal chunks of the fandom regard as Dork Ages. The albums with the most support for DorkAge were ''Black Tie White Noise'' (electronic lounge pop, some numbers doubling as [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments dedications]] to his then-new wife Iman but at the expense of a very dated early-90s early-'90s record) and'' 'Music/{{hours}}...'Music/{{Hours}}...' ''(softer, more introspective fare, that suffered heavily from late-90s late-'90s production and prompted the aforementioned Reeves Gabrels, to leave). This leaves seven other albums that have either [[VindicatedByHistory fared better with passing time]] or were critically popular upon release, as well as consistently well-received well received tours. Speaking of tours...



** His Tin Machine collaborator Reeves Gabrel (now of TheCure) also deserves credit not only for working with Bowie all throughout the 90's, but helping him rediscover his inspiration after Bowie's over-extended courting of the mainstream pop audience, and after the exhausting Glass Spider tour.

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** His Tin Machine collaborator Reeves Gabrel (now of TheCure) Music/TheCure) also deserves credit not only for working with Bowie all throughout the 90's, '90s, but helping him rediscover his inspiration after Bowie's over-extended over extended courting of the mainstream pop audience, and after the exhausting Glass Spider tour.
25th Mar '16 3:27:19 AM Silverblade2
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* DorkAge[=/=]FanonDiscontinuity: Three major periods are commonly singled out by fans and even the man himself.

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* DorkAge[=/=]FanonDiscontinuity: DorkAge: Three major periods are commonly singled out by fans and even the man himself.
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