David Bowie passed away five years ago today (January 10). Since his passing, we now know more than ever that there was no other artist like him, and that there probably never will be one like him again. These five moments prove it.
5. He could laugh and not take himself too seriously.
Don’t get me wrong that Bowie was an artist artist, but the man was also funny. Just look at this compilation of moments he had with Conan O’Brien for proof.
4. He is half responsible for the best interpretation of a Christmas classic
So many artists have covered Christmas classics, but few are responsible for the best interpretations. Think about it: is it really Christmas without listening to Bowie and Bing Crosby‘s version of “The Little Drummer Boy (Peace On Earth)?” The answer you are looking for is “No”.
3. He had foresight of what the internet would do in / for society
This 1999 BBC Newsnight clip of Bowie talking about the internet is so accurate it chills your spine.
2. He wasn’t afraid to face MTV
Bowie had a bone to choose from with MTV in a 1983 interview, and rightly so. In a video released by MTV shortly after his death, Bowie bluntly asks VJ Mark Goodman why there were so few black performers played on the network. Bowie didn’t just bite one of the hands that fed him; he pretty much gnawed it and spat it out.
1. He said goodbye epically
No one knew until it was too late, but Bowie’s latest studio album Black Star was his way of saying goodbye to all his fans. It was devastating and ridiculously cool at the same time. Black Star would debut at number one on the Billboard 200 album chart. It was his first album number one on the charts. What a way out.
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Erica Banas is a classic rock / rock news blogger who knows the label well and is extraordinarily kind.