Saying David Bowie is a pop-culture icon is like saying the sky is blue or fire is hot, it’s something so inherent and incredibly obvious that it’s impossible to debate about. Bowie was an eccentric powerful figure who permeated the music world in the way few have. Like the recently departed Lemmy was to metal, Bowie was an embodiment of the experimental form.
Though I’ve certainly loved much of Bowie’s musical output, much of my experience of him comes from his work in film and television. David Bowie has the unique title of being one of the few people of being as good as an actor as he is a musician. Whether it be The Man Who Fell To Earth or Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, Bowie always made an incredible mark on screen.
But if you were to ask me what my favorite Bowie moment was, it would be his brief cameo in Extras, where he roasts Ricky Gervais’ Andy Millman in a song called “Little Fat Man.” It’s a tune so absurdly cruel, teasing Andy’s multiple failures and self-hatred, and yet so catchy and fun that you want to sing alongside the crowd. May you rest in peace Mr. Bowie.