Jan 08 2012

David Bowie, how could you?

I remember when turning 30 was an act of betrayal to an entire generation — I remember being younger than 30. So allow me to express a moment of shock at this news.

David Bowie turns 65 today.

It’s OK. Let’s dance.


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  1. 1

    What do you mean “betrayal?”

    I want cool people to be older than me. I require it. I demand it.

  2. 2

    I’ve distrusted Bowie for 35 years.

  3. 3

    I’m beginning to hate reminders of how old I am. *Remembers buying Bowie’s records in my teens*

  4. 4

    Oh my, that really is a sin. It’s about 37 years past his bedtime.

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    Ogvorbis: Still failing at being human.

    Damn. I’m 19 years and 3 days younger than David Bowie. And he still has far more style, class, talent, creativity, energy, charisma, charm, business sense, etc, than I. And he also has that fantastic knife.

    Now I feel even older than a 65 year old. Damn.

  6. 6
    Julien Rousseau

    I think he prefers turning 65 to the alternative.

  7. 7

    Looking at his eyes he’s obviously suffering from a severe concussion. That would probably explain why I didn’t understand a single word.

  8. 8

    And the shame was on the other side
    Oh we can beat them, for ever and ever
    Then we could be Heroes,
    just for one day

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    Retired Prodigy Bill

    Daltrey, who once sang, “Hope I die before I get old,” is also 65.

    And there are probably a couple of generations who don’t remember “Logan’s Run.”

  10. 10

    OK. Dancing!

    Didn’t they do a remake of Logan’s Run?

  11. 11

    I’m pretty happy he’s still here to turn 65. Also, Life on Mars is one of the best songs ever.

    @a3kron: He got in a fight as a kid, and one of his eyes is permanently dilated. The inability to comprehend is all on you. :-P

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    I guess never trust anyone 10 yrs older than your self or was that 10 years younger? I guess that depends on what age you’re at and how you see age playing into your stereotypes.

    Note love the Life on Mars song video and I did an animation based on it Life on Mars? – Duet to a Rover … it was a tribute to the song, Opportunity rover at Victoria crater, and a little girl singing along to a video. It has got a lot of flaws but it was a lot of fun to make.

  13. 13

    It’s a good birthday to have. Stephen Hawking, Alfred Russell Wallace, Bowie, my mom. Pass the bubbly!

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    Art Vandelay

    Stephen Hawking turns 72 today! Both giants in their field.

  15. 15

    Stephen Hawking turns 72 today!

    And still not a hapless victim of Britain’s evil communist healthcare system.

  16. 16

    Yeah, it’s now “Life on Grandmas”

  17. 17

    Um, Hawking is 70.

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    chigau (違う)

    It’s Elvis’s birthday, too.

  19. 19
    Ogvorbis: Still failing at being human.


    Hawking is really 72, but the relativistic effects of his studies make him only 70 on earth. ;)

  20. 20

    I thought David Bowie was 39 years old for the last 25 years.

    Oh, wait, no, I was thinking of Jack Benny.

  21. 21
    'Tis Himself

    Happy birthday, David.

  22. 22

    We’re all older than we were just moments ago. If it keeps up, we’ll eventually die from it. Life is such a killer. But as Flipper said, “Life is the only thing worth living for.”

  23. 23

    Who’s David Bowie? Is he like, Justin Bieber’s dad or something?

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    Well, you have to pay the price of a few years if you want to be among those of us who remember the launch of Sputnik, the election of JFK, and the Apollo 11 moon landing. And, of course, Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars.

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    David Bowie is immortal. He is not 65. I won’t have it.

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    Irène Delse, on dry land among seabirds

    Damnit! I was much too young for Ziggy Stardust, but I do remember hearing “Let’s dance” on the radio as a kid. It was everywhere, even featuring on the crummy FM station my mother kept on all day.

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    cm's changeable moniker (quaint, if not charming)

    For the Queen fans (you know who you are!): Under Pressure

    For the Raëlians: Starman. ;)

  29. 29

    You’re older than you’ve ever been. So listen to The Shat (who is 80).

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    Gregory Greenwood

    Denephew Ogvorbis, OM @ 19;

    Hawking is really 72, but the relativistic effects of his studies make him only 70 on earth. ;)

    *Snortle*. Your sniny new internets awaits collection.

    Hawking was very important in inspiring my own interest in science – I would happily raise a toast to his 70th*.


    andyo @ 23;

    Who’s David Bowie? Is he like, Justin Bieber’s dad or something?

    Wait… Bieber? The Bieber is here? Kill it! Kill it with fire!


    * But, as a teetotaler, not of alcohol.

  32. 32

    It is a good day!
    Today is my daughter’s 27th birthday!
    Boy, am I feeling old – she isn’t even the oldest one – that one will soon be 35.
    My kids grew up listening to the David Bowie music that I was listening to. Didn’t he star in and do the music for the movie “The Labyrinth”?
    My kids loved that one, and a whole new generation of kids that I taught were enthralled with it just a couple of years ago. His coolness never dies!

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    Life on Mars has always held a special place in my heart. Like most of his songs, I don’t know what the hell it’s about, but it reminds me of some very bittersweet stories my mom tells about her childhood.

    And I’m kinda partial to this version:

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    He and his wife have both been artificially preserved. I’ll bet an inspection of their fridge would be fascinating.

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    The one thing I never understood about Labyrinth is why Sarah declined his offer to be his Goblin queen.

  36. 36
    Charlie Foxtrot

    My daughter turned 8 the other day and was pretty excited that one of her gifts had ‘Changes’ on it. She’s been a fan since she first saw Labyrinth a few months ago. I’ve managed to leverage this into getting her interested in Queen as well, via ‘Under Pressure’.
    These are the best bits of parenting :))

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    chigau (違う)

    I expect Sarah turned him down because Jareth was a psychopath who kidnapped her brother.
    Even if he was David Bowie.

  38. 38
    Goodbye Enemy Janine

    Was never a fan of David Jones. But he does know how to pick his guitarists. Hell, the only reason why I might listen to some of his late seventies and early eighties songs is because Adrian Belew is on guitar.

    That said, I love Life On Mars. I must have linked to that about a half dozen times over the years here. He also produced one of my favorite albums, All The Young Dudes by Mott The Hoople. I wanna relate to you.

  39. 39
    Goodbye Enemy Janine

    Why do I like this song. The guitarist!

  40. 40
    cm's changeable moniker (quaint, if not charming)

    Oooh New Standard Tuning. That, I don’t grok. Good song, though. ;)

  41. 41

    Maybe you just don’t know him well enough, Janine. ;)

  42. 42
    Goodbye Enemy Janine

    That makes no sense.

  43. 43

    Sorry, that was probably too obscure:

  44. 44

    David Bowie died at 27 like everyone else famous, only they* had time to cover it up and replace him with John Lennon, hence the “John is dead”.

    *you know, “them”.

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    If you are a fan, and it appears that you are, you should try to get to Rebel Rebel Rock For Pussy IX at First Avenue this spring. It’s a Bowie tribute and fund raiser for… ok, it’s a fund raiser for cat shelters. All Bowie covers that will knock your puss n’boots off.

  46. 46

    So. . . you were (are) a fan of David Bowie?

  47. 47

    Gregory Greenwood says:

    Wait… Bieber? The Bieber is here? Kill it! Kill it with fire!

    Don’t worry, the Randy the Macho Dragon will save you!!!!

    Here he is in action. Here he gets knocked out by a guy with lightsabers!

    All we need now is for someone to do a “Cthulhu” mod for the mob here and we’re all set!

  48. 48

    You’ve had me listening to DB all day, PZ. :)

    Oh You Pretty Things

    Moonage Daydream

  49. 49

    Janine, were you ever into Bauhaus? They did a great cover of “Ziggy Stardust”

  50. 50

    Thanks PZ!

    Happy Birthday DAVID!!

    A simple song…


  51. 51

    You remind me of the babe.

  52. 52

    My favorite Bowie clip —

  53. 53

    Well, shoot, I have no idea what I did wrong! Apologize for hogging up the thread like that!

  54. 54
    Goodbye Enemy Janine

    Ragutis, I like Tones On Tail and Love And Rockets more than I like Bauhaus. Must be Peter Murphy.

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    Tigger_the_Wing, Back home =^_^=

    I listened to David Bowie’s albums all through my teens (my brother was/is a fan) and then in my twenties, thirties, forties and fifties (hubby was/is a fan). One day I realised that instead of enduring the racket I was enjoying the music… =^_^=

    Retired Prodigy Bill, Roger Daltrey was a regular customer of mine back when I ran a rural taxi service from a village near where he lives; several times, when arriving to collect guests of his who weren’t ready to leave, I was invited in for coffee and sat listening to lots of middle-aged rockers reminiscing.

    Sadly for the purposes of story-telling, a combination of faceblindness and a disinterest in rock/pop music means I’ll never be able to tell you who they were.

  57. 57

    crowepps says:
    8 January 2012 at 11:08 pm

    My favorite Bowie clip —

    Really? It’s not Bowie and Bing Crosby?

    Bowie collaborations/duets? Might I suggest

    All the Young Dudes w/ Billy Corgan


    Arnold Layne w/ David Gilmour

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    janine says:
    8 January 2012 at 11:21 pm

    Ragutis, I like Tones On Tail and Love And Rockets more than I like Bauhaus. Must be Peter Murphy.

    Tones on Tail… I haven’t listened to them in forever. Off to teh Youtube I go!

  59. 59
    Goodbye Enemy Janine


  60. 60
    John Morales


  61. 61

    I remember being younger than 30, too. And I still have a couple of years worth of memories of being under 30 to form!

    Bowie is awesome

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    spamamander, internet amphibian

    Ahhh Bowie… you have taught two generations of preteen girls about a man’s, erm, “package” via Labyrinth.

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    Gregory Greenwood

    reynoldhall @ 47;

    I must admit that is one funny Skyrim mod.

    All we need now is for someone to do a “Cthulhu” mod for the mob here and we’re all set!

    Yes. A thousand times yes.

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    I was around 5 when Labyrinth came out, and I remember watching it as a kid and being fascinated by it. The I rediscovered it around age 13 and completely fell in love with it. For a while, I had it mostly memorized because I watched it so often. And then when I was 19, I bought a Bowie cd (Ziggy Stardust) on a whim, just because I loved Labyrinth so much. After that, I was hooked. I’ve luckily gotten to see him in concert (and it was amazing!) when he was in the Quad Cities area about seven years ago. He’s pretty much the only dude I’ve ever seen rock a mullet and not look like a train wreck.

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    Aren’t pop stars supposed to be dead by 50?

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