OK, I’ve got a confession to make: I don’t love David Bowie. Now wait! Before you start stabbing your computer screens to hurt me, let me clarify a couple of things:
1.) That’s not how computers work.
2.) I don’t mean that I dislike him. I just mean I was always a casual, and not devoted, fan. I love “Modern Love” because everyone loves “Modern Love.” And I enjoy “Let’s Dance” because it’s not “China Girl.” “China Girl” blows.
But mostly I always felt good things about Bowie in part because he was an actor and entertainer in addition to being a musician. Shit, he played Nikola Goddamn Tesla in The Prestige aka the movie “where Batman and Wolverine fought over a teleportation device invented by David Bowie, [and] Wolverine wound up using it to perform magic tricks.”
And for a performer of such magnitude, a little thing like death isn’t going to stop you from entertaining people. For starters, there’s the seemingly unending well of everyone’s favorite childhood nightmare Labyrinth. Honest Trailers gets to the heart of it.
So that’s amazing, but you might rightfully point out that it isn’t new material. A rehash of why Bowie is amazing is fun, but still a rehash. If you needed a new way that he’s giving the planet just what we need? Let the guys from Coldplay help you out.
In case you can’t watch the video, Will Champion tells this story:
We once submitted a song to him saying “Would you please sing on this song?” Because it’s got this … sort of David Bowie type character. And he came back and said, “It’s not a very good song, is it?”
See if regular people told someone their song wasn’t very good, they’d get called an asshole. But when you’re David Bowie, the insultee ends up saying, “He was very discerning — he wouldn’t just put his name to anything. I’ll give him credit for that.” Because when you’re David Effing Bowie, that’s how you roll even from the afterlife.