Artist of the Week: David Bowie



Considered one of the kings of music, David Bowie was in the forefront of 70’s and 80’s rock, creating the face of glam rock.

Bowie was most known for his over-the-top performances, awesome hooks, superb lyrics, and his alter ego, Ziggy Stardust, a traveler from another world. He is known to take the stage in full makeup and costume changes creating the feeling of being at a play or musical, rather then a concert.

One show in particular, he wore a gold jump suit fitted with blue wings as he sang “Time” hovering above the crowd on a platform. This is just one example of his showmanship. However, what is truly beautiful is his powerhouse voice that brings such songs as Fashion, Let’s Dance and Under Pressure to life. He also played one of the leads in the film Labyrinth and performed many musical numbers.

Fashion with a deep thumping bass and an unmistakable guitar hook evokes the image of models walking down a runway flaunting that they have money and that they are the sex idols everyone worships. You also can’t help but sing along with the staccato chorus, which has such a funky feel, that it makes you just bob your head and snap your fingers. “Fashion. Turn to the left. Fashion. Turn to the right. We are the goon squad and we are coming to town.”

Another classic Bowie song is a duet between him and Queen; one of the best rock songs known to man, Under Pressure. With its famous intro and beautiful melody, it is a song about how the world can become too much for a person sometimes. The vocals done by both Bowie and Queen’s Freddie Mercury give a haunting and warm feeling inside like everything will turn out okay.

One of his most fun bits of work is the movie Labyrinth, with the song Dance Magic, Dance. A song that has him tossing a baby in the air and kicking goblins around the floor, singing about what kind of magic spell he should use on this baby. The song is absurd, yet it’s one that gets stuck in your head within seconds of hearing it. With lyrics like “You remind me of the babe. What babe? Babe with the power. What power? Power of voodoo. Who do? You do. Do what? Remind me of the babe.” It is catchy and even if it is in fact a Muppet movie, it is one you should check out for the sheer awesomeness of the soundtrack that is provided by Bowie.

David Bowie is a classic artist that will stand the test of time because of his broad range of work, the excellence of his solo work and his powerful duets, even when he sings with Muppets.