The Man Who Fell to Earth – 1976. David Bowie was at the height of his career having just released his brilliant blue-eyed soul LP, Young Americans. He was riding high on the hit Fame and ready to take over the world. The next logical step – movies. And what a movie. The casting of Bowie as an alien who crashed on Earth and can’t get back to his dead planet was perfect. Lean bordering on skinny Bowie looked the part w/ a shock of red/orange hair and other-worldly style. The film did well and Bowie was great. Looking back at it today its a bit dated and frankly kind of boring, but, Jesus, he looked great, and by the looks of things it was a fun set.
We all know there’s deeper, darker more important events happening right now – and goddamn that orange turd, but here’s a bit of rock n roll love to get you through the day. Stay strong, love when you can and keep laughing. Let’s start with Bowie and Iman (who would be barred from entering the US today).
My wife and I have been collectors and pickers for years. We’re opening up the new online version of our shop called Dear Wolf. Great, beautifully designed stuff from the 1930’s to the 90’s. Clothes, Accessories, Furnishings and Ephemera. Have a quick look. All the stuff here isn’t in the store yet, but should you want any of it message me through this blog for prices and availability. We’re at – http://dearwolfvintage.bigcartel.com/ https://twitter.com/DearWolfVintage and https://www.instagram.com/dear_wolf_vintage/
Is there anyone in the world more photogenic than David Bowie? Many of his album covers (always a self portrait) have become iconic. Everyone knows the lightning bolt make up of Alladin Sane and the weird black and white ‘salute’ of Heroes. His many personas were equally as famous – the half-man-half-dog of Diamond Dogs, The Thin White Duke of Station to Station, Scary Monsters… victorian clown or the young long haired singer/songwriter of Hunky Dory. Even though he’s been photographed 1000’s of times it’s interesting to see the alternate shots – what might have been, from these famous LPs.
The Station to Station Tour began in Feb. 1976 in support of the album of the same name, and lasted until May of the same year. Bowie had been living on ‘cocaine, peppers and milk’ for the making of the album but seemed a bit more fit, and less insane, for the tour. All black and white clothes and white neon light stage design, Bowie said “I wanted to go back to a kind of German Expressionist movement look … and the lighting of, say, Fritz Lang or Pabst. A black-and-white movies look, but with an intensity that was sort of aggressive. I think for me, personally, theatrically, that was the most successful tour I’ve ever done.”
Klaus Nomi – Nee Klaus Sperber (January 24, 1944 – August 6, 1983), Ah, the 80’s. You have to hear Klaus as well as see him to appreciate the full effect of his art. Klaus sang every single song in the mile-high voice of a female opera singer and he was good – though certainly an acquired taste to be taken in small doses. The first story floated was that David Bowie discovered him in a broken down Berlin cabaret performing his act and brought him to NY. Truth is Klaus came all on his own from Berlin and worked as a pastry chef and acted and sang in avant garde theater around NY’s East Village. He formed his own band in ’78 and performed at NY hotspots, Danceteria, Max’s Kansas City and Hurrah (the places to be seen in the late 70’s and early 80’s). It was around this time that Bowie came into the picture, hiring Klaus and boyfriend/scenester Joey Arias to perform w/ him on Saturday Night Live singing backup on Boys Keep Swinging and TVC15. Klaus’s fame never really went past the NY East Village scene and he died in 1983, one of the first celebrities to die of AIDS. His influence though has hung on in bits and pieces. He can be seen w/ Bowie and Iggy Pop in the animated Venture Brothers series, Jean-Paul Gautier designed a line inspired by him and Big Fat Rush Limbaugh used his version of Lesley Gores’ You Don’t Own Me as the theme to his Gay Update segment on his shitty radio show.