Posted by: ckckred | January 11, 2016

R. I. P. David Bowie

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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.

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  1. Still reeling from the news of his passing. He’ll be great missed, but at least we’ll still have his music and film appearances to remember him by.

    • I’ve been thinking about Bowie all day. I started listening to his new album and rematching some stuff he was in so far. Can’t believe he’s gone.

  2. Beautifully written………….and I know how you feel…………this is indeed a tragic loss. My boyhood hero (teenage years……and way beyond)! That Lightning Bolt sad face on Aladdin Sane is so Iconic………..what an album that was/is! But so were many others. Great guitarists played with him too……the likes of Mick Ronson (long gone), Stevie Ray Vaughan (also long gone) and Peter Frampton, just to name a few! What music they played together, but it was all BOWIE!
    Now there is certainly…………A Starman waiting in the sky…………..he came and met us……….and he really blew our minds!
    RIP……Major Tom!

    • Thanks man. I think it’s pretty much impossible to dislike Bowie. Even if you’re not a fan of his music, everyone can appreciate his talent.

  3. Yes, my mother who is now in her mid-90s, always commented on what a lovely song “The Prettiest Star” was (off Aladdin Sane)……..and she was spot on! She would have been in her mid-50s then!
    Definitely a talent for all ages and styles! (I didn’t play Cracked Actor while she was around though….LOL)!
    He will be sadly missed………..I have had Bowie songs going through my head for the last 20 odd hours since I heard the news!

  4. I love the Extras clip. I watched it with my wife last night and we were doubled up with laughter.
    I’ve never actually seen The Man Who Fell To Earth. Are you a big fan of it?

    • I’m a big fan of Extras, it never garnered as much attention as The Office but I love it nearly as much.

      It’s been a while since I’ve seen The Man Who Fell To Earth. I remember liking it and want to watch it again so I can write a review.

  5. R.I.P David Bowie. Great tribute man. I’m really gonna miss him 😦

    • Thanks man. He was a great man for sure.


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