Today we all heard the very sad news that David Bowie has passed away. One of the most loved, eccentric and original artists of his kind, he made an impact upon the worlds of art, music, fashion and film.
We’re honouring the legend today by quietly listening to his music and reminiscing about the iconic man himself and why he will always be the original Starman.
Perhaps the most memorable of Bowie’s ever-changing personas, his fictional rock superstar came to be in the early 1970’s and was one of the most colourful, fun and important of Bowie’s career.
As Ziggy, Bowie released the album ‘The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust’ alongside ‘Ziggy Stardust: The Motion Picture’ and embarked upon a concert tour through the UK, North America and Japan.
Throughout his career Bowie had a number of successful and unforgettable turns in film, with roles in ‘The Man Who Fell to Earth’, ‘The Hunger’ and ‘Basquiat’ really standing out, and who can forget his cameo as the judge during Derek Zoolander and Hansel’s walk-off in 2001’s ‘Zoolander’?
However it was his performance as Jareth the Goblin King that really stole the show in the BAFTA nominated 1986 Jim Henson film Labyrinth. Starring alongside Jennifer Connelly, this role is without a doubt one of Bowie’s most famous and he even wrote five songs for the movie.
GRAMMY, BRITs, MTV, NME Awards
Bowie’s mantelpiece must have been – very deservedly – busy. From NME Awards for Best Dressed Male and Best Male Singer (multiple times), to BRIT Awards for British Male Solo Artist (again, more than once), and the GRAMMY Award for Lifetime Achievement Award, Bowie was nominated for and won a plethora of awards.
Bowie gave us all one final gift before his passing in the form of ‘Blackstar’, which was released last week on his 69th birthday. His first release since 2013’s chart-topping ‘The Next Day’, it was received with rave reviews. In total he released over 20 studio albums, many of which changed the world of music and will continue to be listened and loved by generations to come.
The music video for ‘Lararus’ was released last Thursday with the poignant opening lyrics: “Look up here, I’m in heaven”.
Join us in remembering David Bowie today by listening to our favourite songs.