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Don't get me wrong but how is this news worthy? Yes waaaaaay back when i was a tween he had a hit but seriously... How manny of you kids have even heard one of his tunes? And with all the real issues why is this a thing? I mean wtf, the guy had a few hits and a few cringe worthy moovie apperances
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Morbidhanson wrote:

Is it weird I don't know him?

I keep thinking of the Bowie knife and that has nothing to do with him.


Actually, it's not entirely unrelated:


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Dissatisfied with his stage name as Davy (and Davie) Jones, which in the mid-1960s invited confusion with Davy Jones of the Monkees, Bowie renamed himself after the 19th-century American frontiersman Jim Bowie and the knife he had popularised.


I do find it a little surprising when people don't know him. In all fairness, he did kind of avoid the spotlight the past decade or so. Still, a number of his older songs get radio play even today, so if you don't know who he is, you may still have heard his music.
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bernardwheelerjr wrote:

Don't get me wrong but how is this news worthy? Yes waaaaaay back when i was a tween he had a hit but seriously... How manny of you kids have even heard one of his tunes? And with all the real issues why is this a thing? I mean wtf, the guy had a few hits and a few cringe worthy moovie apperances


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Morbidhanson wrote:

Is it weird I don't know him?



Odds are you've heard a few songs of his, like "Heroes" or "Space Oddity", or possibly "Let's Dance"; it's also likely you heard his collaboration with Queen, "Under Pressure". His last real radio hit I can think of was "I'm Afraid of Americans", which was nearly 20 years ago, however, so it isn't like he's a modern hit maker or anything.

Of course, I think most Millenials would be more familiar with him from his acting, such as the Goblin King in Labyrinth and Nikola Tesla in The Prestige.

It's fairly hard for me to judge, since I'm older than most of the people on the forum. For people my age, I think most everyone saw Labyrinth, so he's kinda a touchstone of our childhood. For people older, he's probably as much remembered for his flamboyant on-stage personae.

Either way, I'm personally a big fan of his music, or at least a large percentage of it.
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bernardwheelerjr wrote:

Don't get me wrong but how is this news worthy? Yes waaaaaay back when i was a tween he had a hit but seriously... How manny of you kids have even heard one of his tunes? And with all the real issues why is this a thing? I mean wtf, the guy had a few hits and a few cringe worthy moovie apperances


Yeah its not like he was a massively influential figure in pop culture that inspired thousands of of artists.
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Sad times. I was able to see David Bowie once live on his Reality Tour. I had no real thought at the time that I would never even have the chance to see him again. It was a magical show and it's made even more poignant by the fact that the Reality Tour ended up being his last actual tour at all. He was a genius and fully deserves all of the outpouring of support and adulation he's receiving right now. Rest well, Mr. Bowie. it was an honour to share the planet with you for even a little while.


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Bowie was an influence for many musicians across many genres. His music evolved right up until his death... literally.


These two points are definitely worth reiterating. Many people only think of Bowie musically as "the space oddity guy" or "Ziggy Stardust" or maybe the pop singer behind "Let's Dance" but he was making interesting, important and vital music up until his death. BlackStar, released only days before his death, received an almost entirely positive response from critics and fans alike. Heathen, Reality and The Next Day (all made post 2000) were also very well received. Sure he didn't receive as much radio play as Top 40 moved away from the type of music Bowie made (and Bowie himself moved away from Top 40 into many many different styles) but he was an artist that never seemed to lostefans or just have his fans constantly crying for the classics.

As for being an influence, that is also completely true. For everyone out there (and in this thread) who says "I don't know him" or "Bowie who?" I can bet that at least one of the artists you like would name Bowie as an influence. Even if you don't know Bowie's music directly, your favourite artists probably wouldn't be who they are if he hadn't been around. And this goes for not just music but all forms of art. Bowie really is that influential.
Posted 1/12/16 , edited 1/12/16
David Bowie has been my favorite artist for many years now, & anyone who knows me knows I'm absolutely obsessed with this man. My user name, Deaggy-Stardust, reflects that. A running "joke" of mine for the past few years is about how I hope I die before David Bowie because a life without David Bowie is no life at all. Today is such a sad day. I loved this alien with the entirety of my heart & soul. I do take some comfort in knowing his legacy is cemented not only in the art world, but in modern culture in general. He managed to obtain the immortality his soul & character so well deserves, & we so well need to keep us inspired. Many hearts to you, my hero. ❤
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I have respect for the man, since he took on a conventional hetero lifestyle in order to give his child a normal upbringing.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3394835/The-daughter-David-Bowie-yearn-live.html
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bernardwheelerjr wrote:

Don't get me wrong but how is this news worthy? Yes waaaaaay back when i was a tween he had a hit but seriously... How manny of you kids have even heard one of his tunes? And with all the real issues why is this a thing? I mean wtf, the guy had a few hits and a few cringe worthy moovie apperances


I'm going to try very hard to be as polite as my emotions permit, but have you been living under a rock since the day of your birth? David Bowie has defied every "rockstar" trope & has managed to stay relevant in every decade from the 1960's to present day. To assess his career & achievements in a statement such as, "the guy had a few hits and a few cringe worthy moovie (sic) apperances (sic)" is just absurd. I completely understand that art is subjective, but one absolutely cannot deny the influence he has had not only on countless artists in the music field (and the entire art community in general), but on modern culture itself. He is a cultural icon. And I'm really not overstating his influence, nor is it a case of martyr syndrome (i.e. Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain etc.) where an artist receives more acclaim after death than in their own lifetime. David Bowie has consistently been regarded, decade after decade, as one of the greatest artists of all time. The fact that you ask, "how manny (sic) of you kids have even heard one of his tunes?" shows how unknowledgeable you are of the extent & scope of his unfaltering relevancy to multiple generations of people. If your listed age is accurate, I find it remarkable that your view is as such. I'm sorry if I'm coming off as a total prick, I by no means think you are or are trying to portray you as being an idiot, I just think your sentiment of the situation is skewed. Also, to my fault, my emotions are heightened, so I'm unusually sensitive to views I deem offensive. I apologize, I'm sure you're a fine fellow. This is the most emotionally invested comment I've ever made on Crunchyroll, and I highly doubt I will make any more like this in the future, so kudos on getting me to break character. I've just been incredibly affected by not only David Bowie's work, but his character as well. Cheers.
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Morbidhanson wrote:

Is it weird I don't know him?

I keep thinking of the Bowie knife and that has nothing to do with him.


If you don't listen to his music, not really. Though there were movies he starred in, but that doesn't mean you have to know him. Different people, different tastes.
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The first album I ever bought was Aladdin Sane, & I had a 2 x life-size poster of him as Ziggy in the multi-coloured, knitted, one-piece hot-pants (you know the ones!) at the foot of my bed!! I grew up with Bowie & always loved his music & his endless personas.
The planet really is a poorer place now that he is gone!

RIP.

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bernardwheelerjr wrote:

Don't get me wrong but how is this news worthy? Yes waaaaaay back when i was a tween he had a hit but seriously... How manny of you kids have even heard one of his tunes? And with all the real issues why is this a thing? I mean wtf, the guy had a few hits and a few cringe worthy moovie apperances


I'm going to try very hard to be as polite as my emotions permit, but have you been living under a rock since the day of your birth? David Bowie has defied every "rockstar" trope & has managed to stay relevant in every decade from the 1960's to present day. To assess his career & achievements in a statement such as, "the guy had a few hits and a few cringe worthy moovie (sic) apperances (sic)" is just absurd. I completely understand that art is subjective, but one absolutely cannot deny the influence he has had not only on countless artists in the music field (and the entire art community in general), but on modern culture itself. He is a cultural icon. And I'm really not overstating his influence, nor is it a case of martyr syndrome (i.e. Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain etc.) where an artist receives more acclaim after death than in their own lifetime. David Bowie has consistently been regarded, decade after decade, as one of the greatest artists of all time. The fact that you ask, "how manny (sic) of you kids have even heard one of his tunes?" shows how unknowledgeable you are of the extent & scope of his unfaltering relevancy to multiple generations of people. If your listed age is accurate, I find it remarkable that your view is as such. I'm sorry if I'm coming off as a total prick, I by no means think you are or are trying to portray you as being an idiot, I just think your sentiment of the situation is skewed. Also, to my fault, my emotions are heightened, so I'm unusually sensitive to views I deem offensive. I apologize, I'm sure you're a fine fellow. This is the most emotionally invested comment I've ever made on Crunchyroll, and I highly doubt I will make any more like this in the future, so kudos on getting me to break character. I've just been incredibly affected by not only David Bowie's work, but his character as well. Cheers.


Bravo! You have my applause & heartfelt thanks for putting this person straight on the importance of David Bowie. Couldnt have said it better myself!! We are not all 'kids' who cant remember anything before the last piece of mindless, charmless noise pollution; and respect should be given where respect is due. Just because you havent been intimately personally involved with something/one doesnt mean it has no value!!


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bernardwheelerjr wrote:

Don't get me wrong but how is this news worthy? Yes waaaaaay back when i was a tween he had a hit but seriously... How manny of you kids have even heard one of his tunes? And with all the real issues why is this a thing? I mean wtf, the guy had a few hits and a few cringe worthy moovie apperances


I'm going to try very hard to be as polite as my emotions permit, but have you been living under a rock since the day of your birth? David Bowie has defied every "rockstar" trope & has managed to stay relevant in every decade from the 1960's to present day. To assess his career & achievements in a statement such as, "the guy had a few hits and a few cringe worthy moovie (sic) apperances (sic)" is just absurd. I completely understand that art is subjective, but one absolutely cannot deny the influence he has had not only on countless artists in the music field (and the entire art community in general), but on modern culture itself. He is a cultural icon. And I'm really not overstating his influence, nor is it a case of martyr syndrome (i.e. Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain etc.) where an artist receives more acclaim after death than in their own lifetime. David Bowie has consistently been regarded, decade after decade, as one of the greatest artists of all time. The fact that you ask, "how manny (sic) of you kids have even heard one of his tunes?" shows how unknowledgeable you are of the extent & scope of his unfaltering relevancy to multiple generations of people. If your listed age is accurate, I find it remarkable that your view is as such. I'm sorry if I'm coming off as a total prick, I by no means think you are or are trying to portray you as being an idiot, I just think your sentiment of the situation is skewed. Also, to my fault, my emotions are heightened, so I'm unusually sensitive to views I deem offensive. I apologize, I'm sure you're a fine fellow. This is the most emotionally invested comment I've ever made on Crunchyroll, and I highly doubt I will make any more like this in the future, so kudos on getting me to break character. I've just been incredibly affected by not only David Bowie's work, but his character as well. Cheers.


Clearly you are getting way too emotional over an artist who's last billboard hit was nearly a deccade before you were born. As i was actually alive and buying albums 30 years ago honestly he really wasn't t that big a thing. Michel jackson was way bigger and then we all transitioned to vanhalen, then to the big hair bands and david bowie was just a flash in the pan bump in the road so again why do you kids who were nothing more than a twinkle in your grandpa's eye when he was a thing like justen beeber get your panties in a wad over this guy?
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Katt 14, So exactly how is a kid who wasn't even born untill after david bowie's last single had fallen off the billboard top 40 schooling me?
Seriously david bowie was the justen beeber of the 80s. How manny billboard top 40 singles did he have compared to van hallen, the rolling stones, pat bennatar, kiss, acdc, ect at nausium. Seriously get over yourselvs. I was buying those big vynal discs before they were hipster chic. You know back when 8 tracks were a thing and sony walkmen were the latest thing. Lmao
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I thought it was news. I actually knew about David Bowie.
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