David Bowie: The Man Who Sold The World

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2016 has not been kind. Not to the music fans. First Lemmy, now David. What did we do to deserve this? Well, I think it’s just God who wants good music up there. Who knew god was a rocker as well? (to be honest, we were pretty sure of this in our hearts)

Anyway, news of the day is that David Bowie has left the world. Died yesterday, at age 69, of cancer. He had been battling cancer for the past 18 months. The news broke out a few hours ago and it’s been a funeral since. David Bowie, the star (pun intended) of the 80’s had a lot to offer. A lot. His psychedelic music and appearance were a rage. He ranks right up with Elvis and Frank Sinatra. I don’t know if there is any other artist who can match his level. The aggression in those calm eyes is something that haunts every fan of his.

This needle thin, hippy looking man was so much more than what his appearance would give away. A voice that would excite and soothe you at the same time. Had there been no Bowie, the music industry would have been a lot different. In a very, very bad way. He first came to prominence in the 70’s with his Ziggy Stardust stage show, with dyed hair and striking costumes. With this, a cult was started.

It’s almost ironic that his latest album was titled ‘Blackstar’. It might be a clever wordplay on his alter ego, Ziggy Stardust. It might be him announcing his own death. The opening line of Lazarus from Blackstar is

Look up here. I’m in Heaven!

After today, the song makes so much more sense. The video, even more so. This was indeed a carefully planned finale of a life which was no less theatrical. And the execution of the final act gives goosebumps. In the bible, Lazarus was Mary’s brother. Raised from the dead after 4 days. Today happens to be the fourth day from the release of the song. Today happens to be the day he died.

Here are a few songs to get you hooked:

Lazarus

This requires no more introduction, no more explanation. The genius of David Bowie crafted this perfectly.

Heroes

The song sings of the human condition. God knows how many people this beautiful song will haunt now.

The Man Who Sold The World

Made popular by Nirvana, this is a piece of magic. The robotic yet vibrant voice of Mr. Bowie hypnotizes you.

Under Pressure

This is more of a Queen song than Davie Bowie’s. But this collaboration alone makes you love this song.

Ziggy Stardust

This is one of those evergreen songs that tells you a hidden story. Well, he’ll be a star again.

Looking back, his life seems a story on the curtain. And the finale, Lazarus reads not like a song, but almost a final word from him.

Look up here, I’m in heaven
I’ve got scars that can’t be seen
I’ve got drama, can’t be stolen
Everybody knows me now

Look up here, man, I’m in danger
I’ve got nothing left to lose
I’m so high it makes my brain whirl
Dropped my cell phone down below

Ain’t that just like me
By the time I got to New York
I was living like a king
Then I used up all my money
I was looking for your ass

This way or no way
You know, I’ll be free
Just like that bluebird
Now ain’t that just like me

Oh I’ll be free
Just like that bluebird
Oh I’ll be free
Ain’t that just like me

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