David Bowie is one of my favorite musicians and music producers from the 70s pop era. The first song I had ever heard of his was “Magic Dance” from the movie The Labyrinth when I was a kid. I was pretty young but I remember thinking the Goblin King was pretty cool for a bad guy. It wasn’t until years later in 1996 when he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame when I listened to “Space Oddity” that I realized that it was Bowie who played the Goblin King in one of my favorite childhood movies and things made a little more sense with the whole breaking into song and dance.
I didn’t even know that Singer David Bowie was even sick but this week his death was all over the news! Saying it’s unfortunate to lose just anyone at such a young age would be putting it too lightly. This week we lost an inspiration to millions of fans of music, fashion, and films. Bowie’s constant evolution of the production of his music and fashion has helped drive the many industries of style and pop culture. His death was confirmed by his publicist, Steve Martin, on Monday morning. According to CNN, No other details were provided.
With over 700 total film credits; whenever acting, David Bowie’s role, for whatever the film may be, usually would always have his character reflect Bowie’s sense of high fashion or music. For instance, in the film Zoolander where David portrays himself in a character where he judges a “walk off” between Ben Stiller’s character “Derek” and Owen Wilson’s character “Hansel”. Or in The Labyrinth where he plays the dramatic and flamboyant Goblin King who steals a baby and dances with Muppets, or nearly 100 more roles he’s acted in.
Although his last tour ended in 2004 when David Bowie’s health deteriorated to the point where he could no longer perform, he continued to perform his multi-musical talents in the studio and would even occasionally lend a hand to bands on stage or during live taped TV shows. He even released an album two days before his death called Blackstar that went to number 1 in the UK and number 2 in the United States within days on the iTunes charts. Towards the end of his career, there seemed to be a boom in the amount of Television Shows that were credited to using David Bowie’s music in their films. Over 450 shows were credited to using his music in their soundtrack, mostly his hits from the 70s. Iconic songs like “Under Pressure” with Freddie Mercury or “Life on Mars”. And most likely his timeless music will still be used in many films to comes.