It was only the other day that we were watching Jim Hensons’ Labyrinth starring David Bowie on the TV. Admiring the coiffured hair, alongside the unique make-up, we found ourselves enthralled in the fantasy world of Jareth the Goblin King. This morning the world woke up to the news that David Bowie had lost his battle with cancer at the age of 69; just days after his birthday, which was also the day he released his 25th album ‘Blackstar’. When the news arrived, of course, we felt the utmost sadness – but then we focused on the positives of what the life of Bowie bought to us.
A musical and style chameleon that touched the lives of many, all ages are familiar with a range of his songs. Ziggy Stardust, Halloween Jack, The Thin White Duke and Tin Machine are just some of the names which Bowie adopted during his many musical personas, so in the spirit of celebration, let’s reminisce on our favourite David Bowie looks, songs and quotes of a life which was lived to the fullest.
A Celebration of David Bowie
If you’ve ever seen the Labyrinth then one of the key things you would have noticed was the rather sizely lump in the leggings. A quick Google showcases a plethora of fellow Bowie fans who have also noticed the eye catching bulge. Without detracting from the essence of the film itself, we certainly do think this is one of our favourite David Bowie moments.
Aside from being an absolutely world class musician and lyricist, Bowie also has some belters when it comes to the one-liner quotes. One which is most poignant during this time is our favourite:
‘I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring.‘
Bowie’s legacy will live on for years to come, and we know that the future of his music, even post-death will never, ever become boring.
Songs to Shape Every Generation
Speaking of the future of David Bowie, it is also without doubt that his songs will continue to influence generations to come – just like they have throughout his career. With the sad news today we saw a range of ages take to social media to express their sadness. Whether it was the younger audience who fondly remember listening to Bowie through their parents, or older generations discovering his music for themselves; his music touched almost everyone in some way. David Bowie’s music is not so much a favourite moment, but a favourite movement, that so many can relate to.
The Best Outfits
Celebrated for his ability to reinvent his style at the drop of a hat, Bowie consistently used his early training as a theatre performer to create his musical personae. From the over-the-top make up and outfits of Ziggy Stardust, to the more sombre styling of the ‘Thin White Duke’, no matter which character Bowie was showcasing as, he thoroughly took on the role. During the Ziggy Stardust phase is when we see some of the most extraordinary styles and shapes within his fashion commitments, and as for the make up? There’s a thing or two we wish we could get away with ourselves on a casual day at the office – if only to brighten the mood up a bit during such sad times. Perhaps tomorrow….
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