June 20th 2007 02:18
Born David Robert Jones on January 8th 1947, with a career that has spanned almost 40 years David Bowie is a pop culture icon whose influence spreads beyond the boundaries of music into fashion, art and cinema.
Putting Madonna to shame when it comes to image changes, David Bowie has had more alter egos than even the most successful secret agents.
After several failed attempts at stardom early on, it was a TV special for "Space Oddity" that finally caught the attention of the public. A few years later he transformed into the androgynous Ziggy Stardust, pioneering the era of glam rock. Adorned in outlandish costumes, smothered in make up with colorful, meticulously styled hair, his persona took stage theatrics into innovative new directions. It was during this time that he released songs like “Changes”, “Suffragette City” and “Starman”.
Next came Aladdin Sane, an attempt to customize his look for the American market then Diamond Dogs which was a concept album built around an Orwellian future.
By 1975, it was time to shake things up again creating what he dubbed the “Plastic Soul” sound, which included international hits like Fame and Young Americans.
Heavily addicted to drugs and psychologically confused, the following year came The Thin White Duke, an all new character reinvention for Bowie to hide behind and also market the album Station to Station, with the track “Golden Years”.
His megalomania in frenzy, physical and mental health reduced to near fatal levels he decided to up and move to Germany with Iggy Pop and attempt to detox. It was in this mindset that the record Low came out. Now considered a revolutionary work, at the time critics and fans did not appreciate his work with Brian Eno.
Only slightly more refined the arrival of his next “Heroes” met a positive reception and the final part of his unofficial “Berlin Trilogy” the Lodger came out in 1979.
Touring frantically for most of the 1970’s in the early part of the 80’s he cleaned up and began producing more radio friendly pop songs. Branching out to form Tin Machine later in the decade his evolution has continued in the 90’s where he embraced the industrial sound as well as rap and Hip Hop.
Appearing in the film The Man Who Fell To Earth in 1976, he continued acting in the likes of The Hunger, Merry Christmas Mr Lawerence, Last Temptation of Christ and Labyrinth. Most recently he co starred in Christopher Nolan’s The Prestige.
Multitalented and infinitely adaptable, with each new album or collaboration Bowie continues to evolve in the new millennium.
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