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).
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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.
The Man Who Fell to Earth 1976 Dir. Nicholas Roeg Staring David Bowie, Candy Clark, Rip Torn & Buck Henry
First of all this film is by no means a ‘must see’. It’s overly long, dated badly and somewhat confusing (not in a good way). The one huge thing it has going for it is David Bowie at his peak. He is near perfect as the alien who’s come to Earth to try to save his planet but instead discovers the pleasures of Booze, Sex and TV. Bowie was 29 years old and just off of his Diamond Dogs Tour. Addicted to cocaine, rail thin, slightly paranoid, Bowie was in a perfect state of mind for the role. In the film he plays Thomas Jerome Newton, a mysterious stranger whos other-worldly inventions make him a multi-millionaire. He soon forgets he’s meant to go back to his home planet and falls prey to all the Earthly vices. The end finds him drunk and despondent, not aging a day. He’s all ’40’s suits, orange hair, sharp angles and different colored eyes. His style from this film would resonate for years – with Tilda Swinton copping it completely 30 years later.
1976 would see the release of Station to Station using a still from the film as the cover shot and the LP Low, again using another film shot, was released in 1977. Low was intended to be the soundtrack for the film but Bowie stepped away and created a different piece of music entirely.