David Bowie

8 Jan

david_bowieSo impressed with Bowie’s nonchalant approach to putting his first record out in 10 years and on his 66th birthday.  Do you think this level of laid-backness is clinically executed and meticulously planned?

Truth is, it doesn’t matter.   My favourite comment about the surprise Bowie news this morning was from Caitlin Moran who tweeted “Wonder what Bowie’s doing now. Eating breakfast and staring out of his window, going “Hello again world.” I wonder what he’s wearing.”  And that’s just it, isn’t it.  Planned or not Bowie doesn’t need a fanfare, a publicity machine, endless interviews with the likes of Jonathan Ross, Graham Norton, Grimmy (please let that happen).  He doesn’t need a world tour.  Just his immense talent, creativity and of course his dedicated fan-base.

It was like the second coming this morning.  Twitter went mental, the Today programme played 50 seconds of Where Are We Now, I even heard Robert Peston dreamily recounting memories of Bowie in the 70’s goddamit.

My own fascination of Bowie came quite late – other than his much documented influence on Madonna’s frequent reinventions (I was and still am a fan) – I’m ashamed to say it wasn’t until the mid nineties, when the Nirvana Unplugged album came out, that I was driven to dabble in the Man Who Sold the World album and hence the immense Bowie back-catalogue.

So while I can’t call myself a die-hard Bowie botherer (is that the term?  like Numanoid?), one thing I’ve always known for sure is that David Bowie is ridiculously and effortlessly stylish.  He evokes an elusive and mystical air of one who lives in his own bubble – with his stunning wife Iman of course – love to be a fly on the wall in their house.  He’s a true artist who doesn’t seem to be in it for the money – an artist to be celebrated.

So our Bowie year begins with the single out today followed up by his, now much anticipated, album in March ‘The Next Day’.  Also style icons, if you haven’t heard already, there’s a V&A exhibition called ‘David Bowie is’ on from 23 March to 28 July, which is sure to be a must see.  No news of an interview, tour or Glastonbury appearance just yet – but maybe watch this space…

Like Caitlin Moran I like to think he’s drawing the curtains saying “Goodnight world – see you in the morning” totally un-phased by the hoo-hah of this momentus day in pop music.  Happy Birthday and goodnight Mr Bowie.

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