Last update: October 17, 2013
Imagine you’re sitting with David Bowie, and he’s talking off the top of his head. It might be something like this. This is comedy, of course, from The Rutles 2 movie, but it feels authentic somehow, that regardless of mood or circumstance he might wind from one topic to another, dropping in references to commercialism, his ex-wife, Bagism, the music industry, sex, socialism, Marx & Engels, and number 4s.
You can’t take your eyes off this. And it’s not the music, it’s watching 1977 Bowie wander around a studio. As a YouTube poster commented, “There is something so pornographic about this.” It truly is amazing — the charisma just exudes off of him.
A great clip for those of us too young to remember 1972. Mostly fan interviews, many of them men in full makeup.
There’s nothing greater than Bowie, in a small venue, singing a great song, and the audience singing along. Judging by the look of Bowie here I’d have to assume it’s from the mid-90s… probably the Earthling tour of 1997.
Bowie obviously out of his element, delivering a bit of directionless speech to a graduating class of music school students. If you’re a Bowie fan, this is awesome; it gives us a hint that maybe he doesn’t quite fit the mold after all. Maybe it’s true, at the end of the day, he’s just an alien, like us. (Take a look at the people behind him. Sitting that close to David Bowie and looking bored. Who are these people?)
A sweet movie from 2000 with Bowie as the not-creepy old neighbour of a boy living with illness. If you listen closely, despite the challenging production value, there is very strong dialogue and a wonderful message at the end.
Media press conference in 1995. At the end, approximately 40 minutes in, Bowie says he’d never stop making music.