My favourite Bowie-moment was watching SNL with mom when Bowie and his band came out wearing skirts made of spandex – so tight you could see the outline of their genitalia. My mom lost it. I laughed. This was just Bowie doing his thing. As much I loved the way Bowie shocked, I loved his music better. When I was growing up, I was determined to have ALL of his albums and sadly I don’t.
Bono once called Bowie “The British Elvis” and by that I’m sure he’s referring to the young Elvis with swagger. I imagine that for a short while, Elvis was cool. Bowie was always cool, even when his music sometimes missed the mark. It seemed David Bowie was always one step ahead of everything in both music and style. Rock’s greatest chameleon, he was unpredictable and always kept us guessing, You never knew what he would sound or look like with each new album. Lady Gaga is indebted to Bowie.
Today, his 66th birthday, Bowie has come out hiding and surprised everybody with his first new single and video in 10 years: “Where Are We Now?”. It’s nothing grand but it is good. It comes with some strange "images" and effects and includes scenes that revisit some of Bowie’s old haunts in Berlin. For the first time he looks “old” but at 66 we could only hope to have half of his boyish good looks.
A new album, The Next Day is due in March
Old skool Bowie