Since David Bowie's passing - I've been reflecting on the stages of my own life based on Bowie's eras... I grew up listening to Major Tom's adventures in Space Oddity - enjoyed singing along to it as an innocent youngster without knowing what the song was really about (until many years later). As Bowie evolved, so did I - era after era... I as a toddler, Bowie as Ziggy Stardust; I as a primary school child, Bowie as the Thin White Duke and New Romantic; I as a teenager, Bowie as a mainstream New Waveartist. By the time I reached adulthood, Bowie was well and truly an established pop icon.
My favourite Bowie song is: Ashes to Ashes - released in 1980, this song resonates and has special meaning to me as it cleverly interweaves Bowie's era of Major Tom with the era when his album Low (1977) was produced (the lyrics reference Major Tom and his undesirable traits). There's a strong anti-drug message in the lyrics: 'My mama said, "To get things done, you'd better not mess with Major Tom."
My favourite Bowie album is: Let's Dance- released in 1983, with the single of the same name, it immediately topped the charts globally. Bowie achieved commercial success Let's Dance's music videos and his international Glass Spider Tour (1987) - defining the New Wave era of pop culture. Last but certainly not least, my favourite Bowie era is: that of Bowie's glam-rock alter ego Ziggy Stardust (1972-1973). Best described by Bowie as 'someone who was dropped down here, got brought down to our way of thinking and ended up destroying himself' (as chronicled in the album and movie titled The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars).
David Bowie, may you rest in peace as a true pop icon who has left behind a lasting legacy in the magic of your music.
Ziggy was one of the first albums I bought so it holds a special place in my heart. For some reason I would pick the German version of Heroes as my song. It's probably a sad reflection of my personality but I enjoyed his changing of styles so would rather not pick an era. My daughter insisted on watching Labyrinth many many times as kids do, and I grew to love it. (I must look up his discography of movies and do a review of others. Just in my head, for my own sake. It's what I do.)
Can we put the spotlight on movies too? My all time favourite movie is Labyrinth starring DB and Jennifer Connelly and the odd muppet or two.
Choosing a favourite song is harder...Golden Years, Heroes, Under Pressure are all contenders.