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5 Moments That Uniquely Exemplified David Bowie

David Bowie would’ve turned 70 today (January 8), and in his first birthday since his sudden, tragic passing, it seems as if we can feel the massive void more than ever he’s left in music and pop culture.

There was no other artist like him, and there likely will never be one quite like him ever again.  These five moments prove that.

5. He could have a laugh and not take himself too seriously.

Make no mistake that Bowie was an artist’s artist, but the man was funny, too.  Check out this compilation of moments he had with Conan O’Brien.

Conan Remembers David Bowie - CONAN on TBS

CONAN Highlight: The Thin White Duke was a frequent guest on "Late Night" and Conan picks some of his favorite moments. More CONAN @ http://teamcoco.com/video Team Coco is the official YouTube channel of late night host Conan O'Brien, CONAN on TBS & TeamCoco.com.

 

4. He’s half responsible for the best rendition of a Christmas classic

So many artists have covered Christmas classics, but few are responsible for the best renditions.  Think about it:  Is it really Christmas without listening to Bowie and Bing Crosby’s version of “The Little Drummer Boy (Peace On Earth)?”  The answer you’re looking for is “No.”

Bing Crosby & David Bowie - "The Little Drummer Boy (Peace On Earth)"

from "Bing Crosby's Merrie Olde Christmas" Bing passed away before this could aire on television. David did this to show that he could be normal. "Christmas Shoes" by Newsong: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8C19MSMgDO0 Celine Dion's "O Holy Night." Go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H5OVhPm7_gg

 

3. He had the foresight of what the Internet would do to/for society

This clip from BBC Newsnight from 1999 of Bowie talking about the Internet is so spot-on, it gives us chills.

BBC Newsnight - "It's going to crush our ideas of what... | Facebook

"It's going to crush our ideas of what mediums are all about": David Bowie in 1999 predicting how the internet would change our lives. Watch his full interview with Jeremy Paxman here: http://bbc.in/22VXdbH #newsnight #DavidBowieRIP

 

2. He wasn’t afraid to take on MTV

Bowie had a bone to pick with MTV in a 1983 interview and rightfully so.  In a video that was released by MTV shortly after his death, Bowie bluntly asks VJ Mark Goodman why there were so few black artists played on the network.  Bowie didn’t just bite one of the hands that fed him; he pretty much gnaws it off and spits it out.

David Bowie Criticizes MTV for Not Playing Videos by Black Artists | MTV News

David Bowie has some questions and criticisms about MTV's lack of videos featuring black artists in this 1983 interview with Mark Goodman.

 

1. He said goodbye in epic fashion

No one knew it until it was too late, but Bowie’s final studio album Blackstar was his way of saying goodbye to all of his fans.  It was devastating and ridiculously cool all at the same time.  Blackstar would debut at number one on the Billboard 200 album chart.  It was his first number one album ever on the chart.  What a way to go.

David Bowie - Lazarus

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Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock reporter. The first man she ever loved was Jack Daniel.  True story.