Farwell, Ziggy Stardust (R.I.P. David Bowie)


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David Bowie, age 69, died peacefully after an 18-month battle with cancer.

Edit: I'm pretty stunned and it hasn't quite sunk in. Blackstar just came out on Friday. Listening to his music while I was growing up helped me start to accept my wierdness, to feel like being an alien among humans maybe wasn't something to be ashamed of. R.I.P. Ziggy. Thanks for helping me get through the rough spots and dream of a better place among the stars.

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I assume he merely ascended to the stars, shedding his temporary mortal shell of star dust.


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I was under the impression that the Labyrinth needed its King back.

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All Hail The Thin White Duke!


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David Bowie and Angus Scrimm within 24 hours of one another?

Crud.

Time to blare "Starman" while I dig up my Phantasm set...


An awesome performer, inspired songwriter and rather interesting person. Have been a fan for three decades.

Vale Davey Jones, I'm sure you are only dancing.

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Angus Scrimm, Natalie Cole, Lemmie Killminster, Wayne Rogers, Otis Clay, Michel Delpech...
At least we now know 2016's resolution - to be even worse than 2015.
Farewell, Mr Bowie.


Wait, what!?.... Well.... Crap.... Excuse me whilst I go dig out some old tapes.


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Our King is gone. :(


Before christmas I heard darkstar the first time. I was shocked and... I did not like it. Since then I heard it four times and I really like it. It will never be my favorite song, but it stirs something deep down in me. And that was David Bowie. My only regret is that I never saw him perform live and too young to really understand him when I was allowed in his presence.
He was the rebel needed in a time of conformity and an artist who could inspire with style and creativity like few before and non afterwards.
I am just glad he like Freddy Mercury was able to use his illness to make something great.... wich makes his passing a tiny fractioness less sad.


Well damn. I guess it is time to dig my copy of Labyrinth out and watch it tonight. You will be missed David.

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Can you hear me Major Tom.

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I was blown away by this news. Sad zombie is sad.

R. I. P. Goblin King!


:(


Toll the bell
Pay the private eye
All's well
20th century dies

Farewell, Mr. Jones. You will be sorely missed.


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I find it very fitting that he said goodbye by releasing one final album. What a legend. What a genius. Let us all strive to be ourselves and reinvent ourselves along the way. It's what he would have wanted. Farewell, Starman.

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Lucky for you, you are already ahead of David Bowie


I was stunned when my wife told me over breakfast. Other than the Beatles, I can't think of an artist better at continually re-inventing his sound. He worked with Bing Crosby, John Lennon, Queen, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Trent Reznor. You can argue he is partially responsible for Elton John's success, as Elton's management hired the production/arrangement team from Bowie's "Space Oddity" to work on Elton's records from 1970-1976. He was the Goblin King, for crying out loud! When Christopher Nolan made "The Prestige" and needed someone to portray Nikola Tesla (who is in the running for greatest human being of the last two centuries), he called David Bowie. Finally, one of the greatest "living-in-space" montages ever from "The Martian" used "Starman" as its soundtrack.

So long Ziggy, may your sound live forever amongst the stars. Long may the Thin White Duke reign.


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I think my first was experience with Bowie was in his 80's pop phase - most memorably the "Let's Dance" album. I started listening in reverse to his music after that so I kind of saw him in different light.

This is Major Tom to Ground Control
I'm stepping through the door
And I'm floating
In a most peculiar way
And the stars look very different today!

R.I.P, Major Tom.

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Last month a new website started trending that honored the achievements of David Bowie.

Supbowie.com lets visitors compare their lives to Bowie's by giving you an age-by-age breakdown of his biggest achievements, asking, "What did David Bowie do at your age?"

For example in 1969, Bowie introduced the world to Major Tom with Space Oddity, reaching the Top 5 in the UK and coinciding with the first moon landing.

He was 22 at the time.


At my place of work, there's something of a "song of the day" tradition, in which one person chooses a song and sends a link of it to the rest of my team.

Today, to honor Bowie, I chose "Let's Dance." I mentioned in my e-mail that my REAL favorite Bowie music was from Labyrinth, but feared that Bowie fans might take issue with that (although seeing this thread now is making me feel otherwise.)

Anyway, I got responses like...

one co-worker wrote:
Aaron, no true Bowie fan would take issue with that.

...and...

another co-worker wrote:
Honestly aaron… and this is no joke… the fact that you referenced Labyrinth in your email makes me feel closer to you than I ever have… I said the same thing and the guys made fun of me… you know whats up!!!!


When the World Falls Down is always in rotation on my iTunes.


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This is Ground Control to Major Tom: You really made the grade!

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I'm a wreck today.

Before there was Facebook, my online social network was a David Bowie fan-site called Teenage Wildlife. It was where I got my news, shared things going on in my life, and of course dissected ever bit of Bowie-related news and his works both good and bad. For years, I didn't go a day without listening to Bowie, and many days I listened to nothing but his music or that from related artists he'd introduced me to. Through my fandom of Bowie, I met some of my best longterm friends, including two roommates.

I traveled around the US from 2002-2004 seeing Bowie a total of 20 times on two tours as well as some charity and publicity shows in NYC. At what is now his final US concert, I was in the front row and he reached out to grab my hand during an instrumental break during "Station to Station". To this day, I still have fairly frequent dreams in which he plays a major role—I'm always grateful when I wake up from a Bowie dream.

I just celebrated his birthday and the release of his new album on Friday, when local radio station KEXP did an all-day marathon in his honor. Today they're doing another one, this time in his memory. It's just like my early 20s, hearing nothing but Bowie for days on end. Only this time, it's in a world without Bowie in it. I realized while driving into work this morning that I'll never again have that incomparable experience of listening to a Bowie song for the first time.

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There's a Starman waiting in the sky...You blew my mind.

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I wasn't really interested in his music (just another rock star, and I never liked rock), but "unabashedly androgynous and weird superstar" is kind of just a fancy way of saying "hero" to me.

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There were a few souls who taught young me that it was okay to be the freaky kid, and march to whatever crazy beat stirred my heart, including Gygax, Nimoy and Bowie, all of whom we've lost this decade.


I didn't think I'd get choked up. I didn't know him personally and only listened to his stuff up through the 80's. But then my wife told me this morning and I remembered Changes.

David Bowie did a best of with live and studio recordings. I had a terrible year when I was 17. One of the things that got me through was listening to this album, over and over. Not that the lyrics were super profound or anything, but just the tone, the sound, the everything of Mr Bowie's music was so poppy, but mournful and beautiful all at once.

I sat down and cried a little this morning.

I hope wherever he is, David Bowie is as wonderful, as amazing as he was here. Yes, he was my goblin king. He was my thin white duke, he was the voice in my mind for many years.

Time may change me, but I can't change time.

It reminded me that I will continue to evolve forever, but forever will always be there for me. It's comforting, remembering you have at least one constant. Along the same lines my brother, who I lost at 17 and was a huge Bowie fan, used to always say:

They can never take away your birthday

I miss my brother. I miss David Bowie. Go listen to one of his albums, watch one of his movies, and be the Starman of your own life.

Flights of angels Mr Bowie; flights of angels...


Next game I get into with 3pp allowed, I think I'll bring in a Goblin Rockstar named "Bowie"...

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My heart is in the basement, my weekends at an all time low....

Just finished ten hours of Bowie. Blackstar is haunting...


I was never much of a fan of David Bowie, but I always recognized his talent and devotion to his music.

It's sad to see another cultural icon leave us...

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This was hard news to take in. He was so amazing as a musician and actor as well. Labyrinth is one of the greatest 80's films, and I have listened Within You and Dance Magic over and over. He also made me interested in Nikolai Tesla withhis performance in Prestige. Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars is amazing, one of the best rock albums ever.

Dance, Magic !


I awoke to this news.

The radio came on, and they were talking about things that he had done, and I thought, "Oh no..." and then they said it. It just took everything out of me.

I couldn't believe it. His music has been a prominent part of my life since I was 13 years old. Not a day goes by where I don't listen to at least one album or another.

I feel like I've lost a friend, even though I never met the man...

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Bowie also played Warhol in Basquiat a great film if you have a chance to find it and appreciate art.

Blackstar video.


The Man Who Fell to Earth has ascended back into the heavens.


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I thought that casting him as Tesla in The Prestige was a brilliant choice, and gave a double-meaning to much of his dialogue.


The Onion - Universe Honors David Bowie with Emotional Starlight Vigil

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Can someone who doesn't deserve to live die for a change?!? We've got a f!@#ing backlog of those!


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I think it's pretty special that he made the video for Lazarus. It's clearly his goodbye message to his fans. Not to mention it's a good track/video without the sentimental reasons, but that just adds more power to it.


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I think it's pretty special that he made the video for Lazarus. It's clearly his goodbye message to his fans. Not to mention it's a good track/video without the sentimental reasons, but that just adds more power to it.

Yeah, I've only watched the video once and that was it for me. If I ever need a massive crying jag, I can watch it a second time.


We lost another legend. I was lucky to see Bowie twice. Once just after he stopped playing Ziggy Stardust, the other time was the Glass Spider tour. I loved his music, and Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars is one of my favorite LP's of all time. He will be missed, but his music will live on forever. R.I.P. David (Jones) Bowie Be at peace with no more pain.

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Irontruth wrote:
I think it's pretty special that he made the video for Lazarus. It's clearly his goodbye message to his fans. Not to mention it's a good track/video without the sentimental reasons, but that just adds more power to it.
Yeah, I've only watched the video once and that was it for me. If I ever need a massive crying jag, I can watch it a second time.

I can't bring myself to watch it even the first time. Just listening to the song gets me crying. I can't imagine how hard I'd be bawling watching the video.

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I guess people I knew well growing up remembered how much a David Bowie fan I am. I don't use facebook, so to my surprise I got 10 emails the past few days from old friends, form Paris to Moscow to Tokyo, some whom I have not heard from in years, all saying how sad they were and saying they remembered that I too like them was a fan.

A few weeks before the Christmas Holiday, my ex surprised me by blasting Bowie at a sound check and rocking along to the beat in underwear with no care to the crowd watching. Even at half my age, she too is huge fan, coincidentally the last three weeks of her instagram are filled with Bowie homages.

So even in his passing, Ziggy helped me connect with myself and people I hold dear.

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In 1992, I remember with their mutual love for Art, I had David Bowie on my short list of proper English men who could play Grand Admiral Thrawn if they made a movie of Heir to the Empire.


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Even at half my age, she too is huge fan...

My daughter said that her 13-year-old classmate is a fan of Bowie, and has been sad at his passing.

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My theory is that David faked his death as Bowie and is really alive in a remote cabin writing new albums as David Robert Jones. It's not the first time he had to kill the man and break up the band.


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David Bowie needs to be statted up as a some everychanging First World being... that was worshipped by goblins and fey. He is now in my game... RIP

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Shyka the Many would be a good start. After all, we have no proof that David Bowie wasn't Shyka.

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Two psychics pass each other on the street and on says to the other, "Well you're doing alright, how am I?"

- Joke as told by David Bowie

Two little known facts about David Bowie.

He was the first genuine rock star to be cast on a Broadway Play that was not a musical ("The Elephant Man").

He politely but surprisingly turned down an offer of Knighthood.

Fun times I was able to track down from when I lived in London.

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