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"Space Oddity" is a dialogue between two parties -- Ground Control and Major Tom -- and "Ashes to Ashes" is also sung by two characters. But while Major Tom is back, this time the other singer is someone who "heard a rumor from Ground Control" about Tom's return. In the music video, a ConceptVideo with surreal imagery, the unnamed party is visualized as a mysterious Pierrot clown. While not as famous as Major Tom, Pierrot is another Bowie character occasionally invoked in pop culture, such as the TV series named for the song and set in 1980, ''Series/AshesToAshes''. A life-sized puppet Pierrot is featured prominently in the 2013 video for "Love Is Lost".

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"Space Oddity" is a dialogue between two parties -- Ground Control and Major Tom -- and "Ashes to Ashes" is also sung by two characters. But while Major Tom is back, this time the other singer is someone who "heard a rumor from Ground Control" about Tom's return. In the music video, a ConceptVideo with surreal imagery, the unnamed party is visualized as a mysterious Pierrot clown. While not as famous as Major Tom, Pierrot is another Bowie character occasionally invoked in pop culture, such as the TV series named for the song and set in 1980, ''Series/AshesToAshes''.''Series/AshesToAshes2008''. A life-sized puppet Pierrot is featured prominently in the 2013 video for "Love Is Lost".


* ShoutOut: At least one in the name. Though Bowie's denied it, ''Ziggy'' is commonly assumed to be a reference to [[Music/TheStooges Iggy Pop]]. WordOfGod confirms that ''Stardust'' refers to the eccentric musician known as The Legendary Stardust Cowboy, who was a Mercury Records labelmate of Bowie's at the turn of TheSeventies. Bowie eventually covered one of his songs, "I Took a Trip on a Gemini Spaceship", on his 2002 album ''Heathen''.

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* ShoutOut: At least one in the name. Though Bowie's denied it, ''Ziggy'' is commonly assumed to be a reference to [[Music/TheStooges Iggy Pop]]. Music/IggyPop. WordOfGod confirms that ''Stardust'' refers to the eccentric musician known as The Legendary Stardust Cowboy, who was a Mercury Records Creator/MercuryRecords labelmate of Bowie's at the turn of TheSeventies. Bowie eventually covered one of his songs, "I Took a Trip on a Gemini Spaceship", on his 2002 album ''Heathen''.''Music/{{Heathen}}''.



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* ThatMakesMeFeelAngry: When [[spoiler: Dream walks off with Mr. Screamin' and leaves Vic alone at the table]], Vic mutters 'I'm speechless...'


* NoBrows: Bowie shaved off his eyebrows one grumpy, drunken night in '72 and liked the result so much that he didn't grow them back until ''Young Americans'' arrived in '75.



* UnusualEyebrows: He lacks them! Bowie shaved off his eyebrows one grumpy, drunken night in '72 and liked the result so much that he didn't grow them back until ''Young Americans'' arrived in '75.

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* UnusualEyebrows: He lacks them! Bowie shaved off his eyebrows one grumpy, drunken night in '72 and liked the result so much that he didn't grow them back until ''Young Americans'' arrived in '75.


* RedheadedHero: Bowie's first; notably, he didn't dye and style his locks into the iconic Ziggy look until after the album's artwork had been created, so he's still blonde on the cover.


Major Tom's story has proven well-known enough to be reinterpreted by other parties, as in Peter Schilling's 1983 song "Major Tom (Coming Home)" and, in a far more irreverent manner, ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' Season One episode "Ghosts of the Sargasso". The good Major warrants [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Major_Tom a page at Wikipedia]] that runs down the many references to him in pop culture.

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Major Tom's story has proven well-known enough to be reinterpreted by other parties, as in Peter Schilling's 1983 song "Major Tom (Coming Home)" and, in a far more irreverent manner, ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' Season One episode "Ghosts of the Sargasso". The good Major warrants [[http://en.[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Major_Tom a page at Wikipedia]] that runs down the many references to him in pop culture.



* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: A decidedly dark example, Bowie's lyrics for the Duke are infused with references to occultism, fascism and religion, TVC15 is a bizarre story about a TV that eats girlfriends.

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* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: A decidedly dark example, Bowie's lyrics for the Duke are infused with references to occultism, fascism and religion, TVC15 [=TVC=]15 is a bizarre story about a TV that eats girlfriends.



* DarkerAndEdgier: Previous personas may or may not have been living in [[Main/CrapsackWorld crapsack worlds]], but they were usually good-natured and/or lost souls as opposed to the Duke, whom Bowie once described as "a very nasty character indeed."

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* DarkerAndEdgier: Previous personas may or may not have been living in [[Main/CrapsackWorld crapsack worlds]], {{crapsack world}}s, but they were usually good-natured and/or lost souls as opposed to the Duke, whom Bowie once described as "a very nasty character indeed."



* {{Minimalism}}: The Isolar tour's visual approach was based on this. Ziggy Stardust had [[Main/ImpracticallyFancyOutfit lavish outfits]] and Halloween Jack (''Diamond Dogs'') had SceneryPorn, but the Duke not only had a LimitedWardrobe, his concerts averted {{Spectacle}} with only stark white lights used to illuminate him and his band.

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* {{Minimalism}}: The Isolar tour's visual approach was based on this. Ziggy Stardust had [[Main/ImpracticallyFancyOutfit [[ImpracticallyFancyOutfit lavish outfits]] and Halloween Jack (''Diamond Dogs'') had SceneryPorn, but the Duke not only had a LimitedWardrobe, his concerts averted {{Spectacle}} with only stark white lights used to illuminate him and his band.



* ShoutOut: The name is probably a portmanteau of Creator/LordByron and 1960s rock musician Screaming Lord Sutch, whose horror pastiche stage act was one of the first of its kind in rock. Visually, Mr. Screamin's stage appearance is inspired by Peter O'Toole in ''LawrenceOfArabia''.

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* ShoutOut: The name is probably a portmanteau of Creator/LordByron and 1960s rock musician Screaming Lord Sutch, whose horror pastiche stage act was one of the first of its kind in rock. Visually, Mr. Screamin's stage appearance is inspired by Peter O'Toole in ''LawrenceOfArabia''.''Film/LawrenceOfArabia''.





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* CreepyDoll: The Duke's final appearance is in Bowie's music video for Love Is Lost.... as a life-sized wooden doll. The Duke can still move and speak in this form, at one point even taking a drag from his smokes.

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* DistantFinale: In the music video for "Black Star" (which was off the last album Bowie ever made) [[spoiler: we see the long-dead corpse of an astronaut being found on an alien world, which is worshiped by the natives.]]



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Bowie's first hit (though not his BreakthroughHit, which would be 1972's "Starman") was "Space Oddity", a 1969 number that told the sad tale of ill-fated astronaut Major Tom. In 1980, the ''Music/ScaryMonstersAndSuperCreeps'' song "Ashes to Ashes" would expand upon this story, not only by continuing it but suggesting that it was more complex than originally presented. The remix of ''[[Music/{{Outside}} 1. Outside]]'''s "Hallo Spaceboy" (1996) featuring the group Music/PetShopBoys includes a bridge that mentions Major Tom once more. Finally, Major Tom [[ShrugOfGod possibly]] appears [[spoiler:as a long-dead corpse]] in the music video for "Blackstar," from the 2016 album of the same name, wherein [[spoiler:a cult springs up over the worship of his bejeweled skull.]]

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Bowie's first hit (though not his BreakthroughHit, which would be 1972's "Starman") was "Space Oddity", a 1969 number that told the sad tale of ill-fated astronaut Major Tom. In 1980, the ''Music/ScaryMonstersAndSuperCreeps'' song "Ashes to Ashes" would expand upon this story, not only by continuing it but suggesting that it was more complex than originally presented. The remix of ''[[Music/{{Outside}} 1. Outside]]'''s "Hallo Spaceboy" (1996) featuring the group Music/PetShopBoys includes a bridge that mentions Major Tom once more. Finally, Major Tom [[ShrugOfGod possibly]] appears [[spoiler:as a long-dead corpse]] in the music video for "Blackstar," from the 2016 [[Music/{{Blackstar}} album of the same name, name]], wherein [[spoiler:a cult springs up over the worship of his bejeweled skull.]]


* WeightWoe: Bowie was seriously anorectic as the Duke and lived off [[BreadEggsMilkSquick red pepper, milk, and cocaine]].

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* WeightWoe: Bowie was seriously anorectic as the Duke and lived off [[BreadEggsMilkSquick red pepper, milk, and cocaine]]. He is reported to have weighed as little as eighty or ninety pounds during this time.


Bowie's first hit (though not his BreakthroughHit, which would be 1972's "Starman") was "Space Oddity", a 1969 number that told the sad tale of ill-fated astronaut Major Tom. In 1980, the ''Music/ScaryMonstersAndSuperCreeps'' song "Ashes to Ashes" would expand upon this story, not only by continuing it but suggesting that it was more complex than originally presented. Finally, the remix of ''[[Music/{{Outside}} 1. Outside]]'''s "Hallo Spaceboy" (1996) featuring the group Music/PetShopBoys includes a bridge that mentions Major Tom once more.

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Bowie's first hit (though not his BreakthroughHit, which would be 1972's "Starman") was "Space Oddity", a 1969 number that told the sad tale of ill-fated astronaut Major Tom. In 1980, the ''Music/ScaryMonstersAndSuperCreeps'' song "Ashes to Ashes" would expand upon this story, not only by continuing it but suggesting that it was more complex than originally presented. Finally, the The remix of ''[[Music/{{Outside}} 1. Outside]]'''s "Hallo Spaceboy" (1996) featuring the group Music/PetShopBoys includes a bridge that mentions Major Tom once more.
more. Finally, Major Tom [[ShrugOfGod possibly]] appears [[spoiler:as a long-dead corpse]] in the music video for "Blackstar," from the 2016 album of the same name, wherein [[spoiler:a cult springs up over the worship of his bejeweled skull.]]


Bowie's first hit (though not his BreakthroughHit, which would be 1972's "Starman") was "Space Oddity", a 1969 number that told the sad tale of ill-fated astronaut Major Tom. In 1980, the ''Music/ScaryMonstersAndSuperCreeps'' song "Ashes to Ashes" would expand upon this story, not only by continuing it but suggesting that it was more complex than originally presented. Finally, the remix of ''1. Outside'''s "Hallo Spaceboy" (1996) featuring the group Music/PetShopBoys includes a bridge that mentions Major Tom once more.

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Bowie's first hit (though not his BreakthroughHit, which would be 1972's "Starman") was "Space Oddity", a 1969 number that told the sad tale of ill-fated astronaut Major Tom. In 1980, the ''Music/ScaryMonstersAndSuperCreeps'' song "Ashes to Ashes" would expand upon this story, not only by continuing it but suggesting that it was more complex than originally presented. Finally, the remix of ''1. Outside'''s ''[[Music/{{Outside}} 1. Outside]]'''s "Hallo Spaceboy" (1996) featuring the group Music/PetShopBoys includes a bridge that mentions Major Tom once more.

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