Ashes To Ashes – David Bowie

I’m not even saying this is David Bowie’s best song at this stage. I’ts pretty clear we could have done a Bowie month and there would still be people saying “You missed my favourite”. For a day in the life. A week in a day. A life flashing before the eyes in the final moments. A farewell party? We got a message from the action man.

It was clear by Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) that the reinvention was endless. He’s essentially The Dr. He will regenerate again and again with a new face and keep on having adventures. For all time. Until we’re out of time. Times up. He’ll be back. I may not.

David was one of the artists who kick started MTV with this tune. He made a record that sounded like none of his others, but did sound 100% like David Bowie. Ashes to ashes, funk to funky. He also made a video that set standards in pop promo clips. It was all there. His status. His new look. His past. The future.

He threw back to his previous incarnations. He was no longer Major Tom (he was referred to in the third person). Nor Ziggy Stardust. He definitely hadn’t shared his name with one of The Monkees for a long long time. No longer a Pin Up, he would Never Let Me Down again. The Space Oddity was not yet an Earthling. One day the Buddha Of Suburbia would evolve into a Heathen. But first… The 80’s had to happen.

Be it Underground from Labyrinth or Let’s Dance from EveryRadioStationEverAllTheTime or Modern Love, Fashion, Cat People (Putting Out The Fire), Tin Machine, Absolute Beginners or China Girl I do not want to sell Zavid’s 80’s short. The guys got the tunes. Strung out in heaven’s high, hitting an all-time low…

Today has been a heck of a week. He’s been gone those Five Years. More Top Ten stuff coming up. But we all know who was really number one…

“My mother said, to get things done, you’d better not mess with Major Tom”

2 thoughts on “Ashes To Ashes – David Bowie

  1. OMG I loved the first YT comment under this video:

    ““The filming was interrupted at one point by an old man walking his dog, looking for driftwood. Mallet asked him if he wouldn’t mind moving, and pointed out Bowie sitting outside the catering van. ‘Do you know who this is?’ he asked. Sharp as a tack, the old man responded with, ‘Of course I do. It’s some cunt in a clown suit.’ Sometime later, Bowie remembered, ‘That was a huge moment for me. It put me back in my place and made me realise, “Yes, I’m just a cunt in a clown suit.”
    ― Dylan Jones, David Bowie: A Life”

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