There's always a question of whether or not icons can sustain their status and relevance as they age. Tied to histories that have cultivated their own mythology over time, we've been presented with comeback albums grasping onto some semblance of the youth they thrived in. In the chorus of the opening song off an album that came as a welcome shock to fans and loyal followers, David Bowie simply responds to the curious and the skeptical: "Here I am, not quite dying."
That right there is the Heteropoda davidbowie, a newly-discovered breed of spider "distinguished by its large size and yellow hair," and which can only be found "in parts of Malaysia." Musicians, and this is important: if you name a record The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, the spider community will repay you. Even if it takes 35 years to do so. [Telegraph]
"Life on Mars," directed by Mick Rock, 1973
So the first iconic image on display at MOMA's Monday-night Bowie fiesta is actually our host, Thurston Moore, bent at a 90-degree angle over a tiny podium, regaling us with tales of his own Connecticut-youth exposure to Ziggy Stardust, and admitting that he'd never seen Labyrinth until his young daughter forced him to watch it obsessively. Thurston does his splendid droll baritone Thurston thing, name-checking 85 genres in 15 minutes and saying freaks a lot, before noting that Sonic Youth played "I'm Afraid of Americans" with Bowie at Bowie's 50th birthday-party thing awhile back, and Thurston remembers thinking how fucked up it would be to be 50, and now he is 50 himself. Anyway, time to watch some deliriously bizarre Bowie videos.More »