10 Facts That Makes David Bowie So Cool

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David Bowie, who was born as David Jones on January 8th, 1947, was more than just an innovative musician. He was also a skilled actor, painter, advocate for social and political issues, and much more. His death on January 10th, 2016, two days after his 69th birthday, was a deep shock to not just the music world but to all areas of popular culture.

In recognition of his tremendous impact, we’ve put together a list of 10 moments that showcased his unique charm and talent. From his early days as a groundbreaking artist to his roles in television and his final album, these highlights remind us why Bowie was indeed a magnetic figure.

Ziggy Stardust Comes to Life (1972)

David Bowie first introduced the world to his alter ego, Ziggy Stardust, in a performance at the Toby Jug pub in London on February 10, 1972. With his striking red hair and unique outfit, Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust instantly became a symbol of creativity and the limitless possibilities of live performance.

“1984” Inspiration (1974)

Bowie was deeply influenced by George Orwell’s “1984,” a connection stemming from his childhood in postwar Bromley, close to H.G. Wells’ birthplace. In November 1973, Bowie shared with William Burroughs his plans to adapt “1984” for TV, which inspired his song “1984/Dodo” during his NBC TV special The 1980 Floor Show. Bowie expressed frustration when plans fell through, remarking, “To be quite honest with you… the whole thing was originally 19-bloody-84.”

A Stylish Arrest (1976)


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In March 1976, after a concert in Rochester, NY, Bowie was arrested for marijuana possession. Despite the circumstances, his mugshot from that night showed him posing with an undeniable style, turning even an arrest into a moment of cool.

Championing Black Artists (1983)

In a 1983 interview, David Bowie criticized MTV for not featuring enough Black artists. He pointed out the disparity saying, “Having watched MTV over the past few months, it’s a solid enterprise with a lot going for it. I’m just floored by the fact that there’s so few black artists featured on it. Why is that?” This highlighted his commitment to equality in the music industry.

Jareth the Goblin King (1986)

Bowie starred as Jareth the Goblin King in the 1986 movie Labyrinth. His performance, particularly in the song “Within You,” showcased his ability to blend singing and acting in a deeply captivating way.

Portrayal of Phillip Jeffries in Fire Walk with Me (1992)

David Bowie took on the otherworldly role of FBI agent Phillip Jeffries in the eerie world of Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me. With his brief yet unforgettable appearance, Bowie’s Jeffries became a labyrinthine part of the Twin Peaks lore. Although Bowie didn’t return for the 2017 revival in person due to his passing, his character’s presence was integral, with Bowie’s approval for the series producers to use archived footage ensuring Jeffries’ enigmatic influence lived on.

Concert Tribute for New York City (2001)

Bowie’s heartfelt performance at The Concert for New York City following the September 11 attacks was a testament to his connection with the city he called his second home. His rendition of “America” captured the collective mourning and resilience of New York and the world, transcending borders and showcasing the strength that music and unity can bring in the face of tragedy.

Extras’ “Little Fat Man” (2006)

Appearing in the comedy series Extras, David Bowie demonstrated his comedic chops au fait with his rock icon status. His spontaneous song “Little Fat Man” directed at Ricky Gervais’s character, Andy, was a comedic highlight, revealing Bowie’s ability to laugh at himself and others with charming irreverence.

David Bowie and SpongeBob SquarePants (2007)

Even in the world of children’s animation, Bowie made an impact as the voice of Lord Royal Highness in the special episode “Atlantis SquarePantis” of SpongeBob SquarePants. This role added another dimension to his already versatile career, as he brought to life a character as quirky and distinctive as any Bowie persona.

Music Video of “Lazarus” (2016)

In the music video for “Lazarus,” from his final album Blackstar, David Bowie faced mortality with the same pioneering spirit that he approached his life and career. The video serves as a poignant goodbye, a chilling and affecting piece of art that encapsulates Bowie’s genius for blending music, performance, and a profound message into a lasting legacy.