David Bowie (1947-2016) passed away on Sunday after a long battle with cancer. He was 69.
According to the (not-fact-checked) comments on this blog:
He is best known as the husband of Iman Abdulmajid, a black model. He is white, she is dark. She escaped from Africa at age 12 because they were going to sew her vagina closed. He and Iman have saved many little black girls from having their vaginas sewn shut by Black Savages.
He loved black women. He dated Slash’s mother, who designed costumes for him. Despite being married to a black woman, he was not kicked out of the white club. Being a cultural contributor (and rich) helps to make up for it. The media does not show him much with Iman.
He is Mick Jagger’s “alleged” ex-lover. He is a virgin. He and Iman have a daughter, Alexandria Bowie.
In addition to being Iman’s husband, he was raised to near god status in the music industry. His music was built on the back of black American innovative rhythm and blues and rock and roll. He influenced American bands as well as music in various areas. His music was not blah like that of Jill Scott, Al Green, Teena Marie and most soul music.
He sang “Ashes to Ashes” (1980):
and “I’m Afraid of Americans” (1997):
He was on “Soul Train” killing it.
He refused to be knighted by the Queen, apparently.
According to my own (better-fact-checked) blog posts:
He was a rock star married to Iman, a supermodel from Somalia, one of the ten most beautiful black women in 2008 according to white people (but not according to black people, at least not in 2009).
Like Robert De Niro, Kid Rock, Roger Ebert, Mr Loving and Robin Thicke, he was a white man who was part of a famous interracial couple.
He said of Donna Summer’s “I Feel Love” (1977):
“One day in Berlin … [Brian] Eno came running in and said, ‘I have heard the sound of the future.’ … he puts on ‘I Feel Love’, by Donna Summer … He said, ‘This is it, look no further. This single is going to change the sound of club music for the next fifteen years.’ Which was more or less right.”
He was sampled by Public Enemy in “Night of the Living Baseheads” (1988):
He is probably best known for “Space Oddity” (1969), aka “Major Tom”. The BBC played it during its coverage of the first moon landing. It made his name.
My favourite is his problematic “China Girl” (1983), sort of his “Brown Sugar”. Nile Rodgers produces with Stevie Ray Vaughan on lead guitar:
To his credit, Bowie was one of the few White rock stars to appear on “Soul Train”. And not just once, but twice: on January 3rd 1976 and December 25th 1982.
YouTube videos from his 1976 appearance:
Don Cornelius interviews David Bowie (he gives James Brown as an influence):
David Bowie sings “Golden Years” (1975):
David Bowie sings “Fame” (1975), written with John Lennon, the song sampled by Public Enemy:
Thanks to dee for suggesting this post.
– Abagond, 2016.
Update (January 25th 2016): In the wake of his death, three of Bowie’s songs are now in the top 50 on the US pop charts:
- White American music – Bowie was British but was an influence on White American music
- Don Cornelius
- the white club
- Donna Summer
- Teena Marie
- Famous interracial couples
- The most beautiful black women according to white people
- songs referenced in this post:
- James Brown: It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World
- Al Green: How Can You Mend A Broken Heart
- Jill Scott: Family Reunion