Have you ever been to a show where the music was great, but there was nothing on stage to hold your attention? Maybe it’s the up-to-the-minute Twitter-fed generation we are in that distracts us, but I honestly believe that your stage presence should match your music. The Fashion Meets Music column often covers cutting edge artists and current events but every now and again, as we did with Gwen Stefani, we like to reference artists’ careers that have doubled as social catalysts in pop culture. Enter, The Thin Duke, Ziggy Stardust, or, Aladdin Sane, but we know him as David Bowie. A gorgeous fixture in the world of music, art, and film whose prominent bone structure, heterochromatic eyes, and outsider fashion have changed the way that popular music is presented and performed today.
Bowie: “For me, taking a new and exciting artistic avenue has always been my priority. I want to be able to continually surprise myself as an artist. I think if that element is not there, then things dissipate and you get into a sort of regularity of concept that becomes vegetating, if you’re not careful. I think for me, personally, I have to really shake myself up musically every now and again to find out what it is that drew me to working with music in the first place.”
Let us take a 30 second trip down memory lane.
The past few weeks we have discussed the subject of gender bending artists like, Michael Jackson and Lady Gaga; here we wrap up the fashion subculture of divas and queens with Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars. Ziggy was a thin, red-haired, face-painted, poly-sexual alien. He gave music a witty glamour with theatrical performances that were unheard of in the seventies. The shows performed with the Spiders were full on multi-media productions complete with multi-level sets, costume changes and film footage. David has said that the character he portrayed sometimes got in the way of his reality at the time, eventually he moved on, redefining his style with the times.
“He was the flash that ignited a worldwide explosion of sex role experimentation, glitter competition and narcissistic self absorption and changed the performance and presentation of popular music.” -Angela Bowie
In 1992 David Bowie married Somalian model, Iman creating a genetic super couple. Iman is the founder and CEO of, IMAN Cosmetics, which specializes in makeup and skin care for women of color.
Latest News for Bowie fans:
Space Oddity 40th anniversary edition is to be re released digitally, on CD, and on 180 gram vinyl on October 12. It’s been remastered and includes unreleased tracks, demos, radio sessions, and alternate versions of album songs.
Along with that release is a David Bowie Space Oddity iPhone app. For two bucks you get access to all of the stem tracks and instruments, you can’t add in any instruments, email, or upload, but, passes some time?
Bowie: A Biography a 400 page hardcover set for release on October 27th, now that’s devotion.
Your Pretty Face Is Going To Hell: The Dangerous Glitter of David Bowie, Iggy Pop, and Lou Reed by Dave Thompson on Backbeat Books November 1st. You can pre order it now. Best title I’ve heard since, Snuff.
Listen now: David Bowie VH1 Storytellers- Full Stream
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