World Post Bowie

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urban art from Bilbao (left) and London (right)

Well it was a shock to the system wasn’t it, the wind has blown, the fallout may take years to settle. Where are we now? That of a world post David Bowie. Strangely I am more a fan of artists’ inspired by him, nonetheless his presence loomed indirectly during my upbringing.

For me his star and legend were born during the trail-blazing seventies, the eighties belonged to those he influenced; those more relevant to me. So set the clocks to +0AB (Zero Year After Bowie) and enjoy their thoughts (culled from the internet) on his passing.

A very sad day for David Bowie’s family, friends and fans of which I am one. His music and talent will remain. …Iva Davies, Icehouse

So much will be written over the coming months, decades, there’s little, if anything, to add. I’ll keep it brief.. to have created one classic album in a lifetime is more than enough. Bowie did much more than that. He changed the entire landscape of popular music and beyond. Who else managed to do that since the Beatles? This is a significant loss. But Bowie’s status as legend is signed and sealed. At home with the stars, literally, metaphorically. …David Sylvian

So shocked to hear of the great man’s passing. He was a huge influence on both of us. RIP DB …Wang Chung

He fed us pure inspiration, beautifully strange and always unpredictable, yet somehow everything made perfect sense. No other musician was more influential for our generation. David was a pioneer, an inventor, a space traveller, a superhero, a truly astonishing songwriter and a friend. It’s hard to imagine that any artist will ever leave more musical and cultural treasure behind. Thank you for letting us share your journey DB. We’ll miss you more than you’ll ever know. …Nick Rhodes, Duran Duran

David’s death came as a complete surprise, as did nearly everything else about him. I feel a huge gap now. 

I received an email from him seven days ago. It was as funny as always, surreal, looping through word games and all the usual stuff we did. It ended with this sentence: ‘thank you for our good times, brian. they will never rot’ and it was signed dawn – I realise now he was saying goodbye. …Brian Eno

wild is the wind… david bowie was truly one of the most inspiring figures in music, and his words and music meant a great deal to us in the formative years of our lives. bowie was never afraid to challenge himself or his audience, and he was one of those rare artists whose output was never predictable. through it all he came up with music that defined intrigued our minds and touched our hearts. R.I.P ziggy. …a-ha

Strangely quiet outside, just the falling rain. A sad day. I don’t believe there will ever be another artist in popular music who will have a career like this man did. …Richard Barbieri, Japan/Porcupine Tree

For Tim Bowness thoughts and selections click here..

..and more intelligent writing from Australia in the words of Peter Farnan here

Heroes – David’s Original And Iva Davies Faithful Cover
A New Career In A New Town
Day In, Day Out (Shep Pettibone Mix)
Fame – Original And Duran Duran Cover
Loving The Alien
Breaking Glass
John, I’m Only Dancing
Young Americans
Queen Bitch
Jump They Say
This Is Not America
Suffragette City
Tvc 15
When The Wind Blows
Where Are We Now?