17 WONDERFUL DAVID BOWIE PERFORMANCES YOU SHOULD WATCH RIGHT NOW
David Bowie died on Sunday after a battle with cancer. Here are some of his magical performances.
- •“Starman” – from Top of the Pops in July 1972. Many people’s first taste of Bowie – you didn’t get many aliens playing androgynous art rock on teatime telly back then.
- •From the same year came this storming live performance of the apocalyptic “Five Years” on the Old Grey Whistle Test.
- •“Life on Mars” – featuring Bowie resplendent in turquoise suit and eyeshadow.
- •You may be familiar with this one.
- •This clip from Alan Yentob’s 1975 documentary Cracked Actor brilliantly captures the height of Bowiemania as the Ziggy tour snaked its way across America.
- •The majesty of Bowie’s late-’70s masterpieces, Station to Station, Low, and Heroes, is captured in this (full-length) gig in Japan in December 1978.
- •“Ashes to Ashes” – eerie, confounding and one of the defining pop videos of the ’80s.
- •“Heroes” one of his best-loved songs, performed against a black background with burning passion.
- •Children of the ’80s may fondly remember his performance as the goblin king, Jareth, in Labyrinth in 1986. Both Michael Jackson and Sting were originally considered for the role.
- •Plus did you know he did a special introduction to the 1982 VHS version of perennial Christmas weepy The Snowman?
- •He had a wicked sense of humour and was a great fan of comedy. If any proof was needed, here he is playing himself in Ricky Gervais comedy Extras in 2006.
- •Let’s just consider how truly weird it was that Bowie took time out to sing alongside Bing Crosby in 1977, the same year he released Low.
- •“Let’s Dance” – a huge hit and a mainstay of the Serious Moonlight tour in 1983.
- •“Wild is the Wind” – from Bowie’s conquering set at Glastonbury in 2000.
- •Bowie surprised everyone by releasing this melancholic single, Where Are We Now?, his love letter to Berlin, in January 2013.
- •Then followed it with this extraordinary promo/short film for “The Stars (Are Out Tonight)”, featuring Tilda Swinton.
- •And finally “Lazarus” from Blackstar, his final album, released three days ago on his 69th birthday. Bowie kept a media silence for years and now we’re left with this.