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Bowie

Bowie

Date: Jan 07 2008

Themes: Alternative, Music, Pop Culture

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David Bowie is a chameleon. The British singer rose to fame in the ‘70s playing glam rock, and his style has shifted in each decade since, though he’s always good at what he does.

Along the way, he’s worked with many influential musicians, including Stevie Ray Vaughn, Queen, Brian Eno, and, most recently Arcade Fire. Listen to Devan and Jason talk about how Bowie makes friends so easily.

Dialog

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Jason

Jason

Devan

Devan

Jason:  So you know what I think every musician wants to know?

Devan:  What?

Jason:  Is how did David Bowie get into, like, the position David Bowie is in? I mean, he’s incredibly talented, granted, but he has such freedom that other artists don’t have. He can be in movies and costumes and he can collaborate with anyone he wants and no one else does that…

Devan:  That’s because he’s an alien.

Jason:  Really?

Devan:  He’s not really human. He’s, like, superhuman. He’s amazing.

Jason:  Where is he from?

Devan:  Haven’t you seen his movie? The Man Who Fell to Earth?

Jason:  Oh…

Devan:  That’s basically an auto…or a biography about him. It’s about his life.

Jason:  And it explains that he’s an alien?

Devan:  Um-hm.

Jason:  Oh. Well, you answered my question, then. I guess other musicians are Earthlings and therefore…

Devan:  Why do you think he has two different colored eyes?

Jason:  Fair enough. I’ve seen Earthlings with different colored eyes though, but…

Devan:  No. He’s definitely…He’s Ziggy Stardust. He came to Earth with the spiders from Mars, started a band.

Jason:  And all this time I’ve just admired him for being able to pull off an act like Ziggy Stardust.

Devan:  Isn’t he amazing.

Jason:  He is amazing. But now I know that he actually is Ziggy Stardust. So thanks for solving the mystery.

 

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Discussion

Jason wonders how David Bowie is able to act in films, collaborate with all kinds of people, and do so much more than most musicians. Devan explains it’s because he’s an alien.

In the ‘70s, Bowie used to perform as an alter ego named Ziggy Stardust. But Devan insists that Ziggy isn’t a just a character. She says David Bowie is from another planet and that’s why he has two different colored eyes.

Jason says he’s seen people with different colored eyes before, but that maybe the idea that Bowie is an alien would explain his success and charm.

What other pop stars do you think might be aliens?

 

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azert3

Algeria

just cool

Laughing

09:25 PM Jan 07 2008 |

dlwarren

United States

He's weird!

07:54 PM Jan 07 2008 |

engr.

Saudi Arabia

this is good website….......thank u

06:28 PM Jan 07 2008 |

djuicemilon

Bangladesh

sometimes i understand and sometimes i don't understand please easy laungles use.

05:41 PM Jan 07 2008 |

caomao

caomao

China

i love bowie's song.he is a strange singer i think.not only his hair.

03:54 PM Jan 07 2008 |

jc880417

China

完全不懂,给咱中国人丢脸了

03:38 PM Jan 07 2008 |

Tony09

China

I think the question
is too simple

03:01 PM Jan 07 2008 |

mahmoudjeexaa

Somalia

Wow the british David Bowie Chameleon is good, I’m gonna be like hime that is great.

02:57 PM Jan 07 2008 |

deepakkumar.meher

India

hi

it does not matter what,who he is?

it matters what he has done..

ok..thanks.. 

02:50 PM Jan 07 2008 |

s one

s one

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

hi allllllllllllllllllllll

02:19 PM Jan 07 2008 |

little_fisher

China

like the god-like man sounds great~~

02:04 PM Jan 07 2008 |

jamal_301104

Libyan Arab Jamahiriya

I really fascinating by English accent

01:38 PM Jan 07 2008 |

jamal_301104

Libyan Arab Jamahiriya

hi man, I'm from Libya , could we be friends and learn from each other ?

what you think/

01:34 PM Jan 07 2008 |

kaushalyats

Sri Lanka

When i saw buoy george i always think he is from out of this world because he dressed and made his appearance like a alien.

11:22 AM Jan 07 2008 |

kaushalyats

Sri Lanka

When i saw buoy george i always think he is from out of this world because he dressed and made his appearance like a alien.

11:22 AM Jan 07 2008 |

hlp

Algeria

He is realy strange, but it made his success ha ha.

10:17 AM Jan 07 2008 |

Cherry-ZL

China

Maybe this is just imagination in the  film as spiderman. Life is so interesting because there are so many unbelieveable things.

10:13 AM Jan 07 2008 |

Cherry-ZL

China

Maybe this is just imagination in the  film as spiderman. Life is so interesting because there are so many unbelieveable things.

10:13 AM Jan 07 2008 |

Cherry-ZL

China

Maybe this is just imagination in the  film as spiderman. Life is so interesting because there are so many unbelieveable things.

10:13 AM Jan 07 2008 |

Cherry-ZL

China

Maybe this is just imagination in the  film as spiderman. Life is so interesting because there are so many unbelieveable things.

10:13 AM Jan 07 2008 |

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