Remembering a legend
David Bowie would have turned 71 today.
To commemorate his birthday, a demo recording of “Let’s Dance” has been released. Listen to it here:
Now I’m a relatively new fan to Bowie. I only started listening to him last year and the first song I heard was “Heroes” (which is arguably his best song). Put simply, it blew me away. The riff, the lyrics and everything else about the song was just amazing. After that got the greatest hits album and it just spiralled from there. A few months later I saw the vinyl of “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars” and when I played it, I immediately knew this was going to be a favourite of mine.
Turns out I was right and as I write this “Five Years” is currently booming throughout the office (my choice 😛 ).
But how did Bowie affect music and what was his best work?
Now just so you know this is my own opinion so let me know if you agree or disagree down in the comments.
His best album
For me, the best album is “Ziggy Stardust”. It was just a great journey front to back, the music was incredible and “Starman” is by far the best on the album.
His best song
For me, “Heroes” is the best song by Bowie. Yes, I’m aware that this is typical as it’s also his most popular song but for me, it’s the song that started my obsession with Bowie’s music.
I’d say that’s a better reason than none.
His best lyric
Now I don’t know why I like this lyric much but “I’m not a prophet or a stone aged man, just a mortal with potential of a superman” is my favourite line from Bowie. The idea of being remembered for your achievements after you die comes from Friedrich Nietzsche, who Bowie was obsessed with during the early 70s. I think Bowie did more than that though.
His best quote
This links in with my favourite lyric but my favourite from Bowie is ‘I always had a repulsive need to be something more than human. I felt very puny as a human. I thought, ‘Fuck that. I want to be superhuman.’
He definitely left his mark on the world and on music, that’s for sure.