10 defining moments in the career of David Bowie

Jill Lawless, Associated Press

Updated 5:04 am, Monday, January 11, 2016

 

10 defining moments in the career of David Bowie

 

LONDON (AP) — It took years of hard work for David Jones to become David Bowie. The aspiring artist was a teen popster, a hippy-ish folkie and a purveyor of novelty records (« The Laughing Gnome, » best forgotten), before emerging from his chrysalis to become one of the most unpredictable and influential figures in music.

Here are 10 defining moments from the career of rock’s greatest chameleon:

1. « Space Oddity » — Bowie first displayed his knack for seizing the zeitgeist with this out-of-this-world track released in 1969, the year of the first moon landing. Beautiful and melancholy, it told the story of astronaut Major Tom, adrift in space, lamenting « Planet Earth is blue and there’s nothing I can do. » Real-life astronauts embraced the song, with Cmdr. Chris Hadfield memorably performing it aboard the International Space Station in 2013.

2. « Hunky Dory » — Bowie appeared on the cover of this 1971 album as an androgynous figure with long golden locks — one in an ever-changing array of styles and personas he would adopt and abandon. The songs explored sexual ambiguity, fame, new fatherhood and more. « Changes » was almost a career mission statement, while « Life on Mars, » the tale of a misfit girl and her wild imagination, became one of his most enduring hits and gave its name to a 2006 TV show set in the 70s.

3. Ziggy Stardust — Bowie adopted the persona of the flame-haired alien rock star for his 1972 album « The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. » A generation of teenagers stopped and stared when the androgynous, seductive character appeared on British TV show « Top of the Pops » performing « Starman. » Ziggy made Bowie a star, but even then he was clear-eyed about the capricious nature of fame and ruthless about moving on: « When the kids had killed the man, we had to break up the band, » he sang on the album’s title track.

4. « Young Americans » — After Bowie killed off Ziggy in 1973, he moved through guises including the edgy Aladdin Sane before going to the United States and immersing himself in the sound of Philadelphia soul. Produced by frequent collaborator Tony Visconti and featuring a roster of funk and soul talent that included guitarist Carlos Alomar and a young Luther Vandross, his 1975 album « Young Americans » was a complete change of pace, and featured the exuberant title track and the acid-tipped dancefloor-filler « Fame, » co-written by John Lennon.

5. « The Man Who Fell to Earth » — Bowie was perfectly cast as an alien adrift in the New Mexico desert in Nicholas Roeg’s 1976 film, which opened up a parallel career path as an actor. He went on to play parts including a World War II prisoner of war in « Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence, » a vampire in « The Hunger, » Pontius Pilate in « The Last Temptation of Christ » and Andy Warhol in « Basquiat. » On Broadway, critics praised him as disfigured Victorian John Merrick in « The Elephant Man » in 1980.

6. « Heroes » — Exhausted by work and too much cocaine, Bowie holed up in West Berlin in 1976, and — working with synth pioneer Brian Eno — produced three of the most remarkable albums of his career. « Low, »  »Heroes » and « Lodger » fused electronic experimentation and Cold War anxiety into a sound that inspired a new crop of musicians. The 1977 single « Heroes, » a defiant shout of love in the face of potential armageddon, became an anthem for a generation.

7. « Ashes to Ashes » — « Ashes to ashes, funk to funky, we know Major Tom’s a junkie »: The first single from Bowie’s 1980 album « Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) » is a bittersweet sequel to « Space Oddity » that Bowie called his epitaph for the 1970s. It also saw him looking to the future and embracing the new art form of music videos, with an eerie clip in which Bowie appeared as a spectral Pierrot alongside figures from London’s emerging New Romantic scene.

8. « Let’s Dance » — Bowie embraced the mainstream — or the mainstream finally caught up with him — in 1983 for one of his biggest albums, considered by many to be the last flourish of his golden period. « Put on your red shoes and dance the blues, » Bowie sang, and the fans obeyed, flocking to shows on a monster North American tour.

9. After a decade of public silence, Bowie took fans and music critics by surprise in 2013 with a new album, « The Next Day. » It saw the musician looking back on songs such as « Where Are We Now, » which referenced his 1970s Berlin days. Fans hoped — in vain — that the new songs meant Bowie might return to live performance.

10. « Blackstar » — Another surprise album was released Jan. 8, Bowie’s 69th birthday — a jazz-inflected journey that saw Bowie continuing to explore new sonic worlds. In the video for the title track, a blindfolded Bowie offered enigmatic incantations on life and death. Two days later, Bowie died aged 69, following a battle with cancer. Music writer Graeme Thomson captured the shock felt by many: « We were so thrilled to have him back, we failed to notice he was saying goodbye, » he tweeted.

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Golden Globes 2016: The Best Moments

Golden Globes 2016: The Best Moments


Raja Sen’s favourite bits from what was, overall, a glitzy but forgettable awards show.

Look, it’s not like the best films won. (Clearly the Hollywood Foreign Press Association did not watch, or did not understand The Big Short.)

The Golden Globes, however, are not seriously considered awards.

They are less about who wins than who makes the most memorable face or who says the most outrageous thing.

Here, thus, are my favourite bits from what was, overall, a glitzy but forgettable awards show:

 

Ricky Gervais speaks up for equal wages for men and women

Image: Host Ricky Gervais. Photograph: Paul Drinkwater/Getty Images

Gervais’ opening monologue wasn’t much to write home about, the comedian trying desperately to shock his way to laughter by talking about Caitlyn Jenner and Transparent actor Jeffrey Tambor. But the one gag that struck a chord was when he spoke about how he believed completely in men and women getting paid exactly the same to do exactly the same job.

‘I’m getting paid exactly as much as Amy and Tina were last year,’ he tittered smugly, and while it was a fine line, he didn’t come close to doing the same job as Poehler and Fey.

Leonardo DiCaprio’s eye-roll

Image: Lady Gaga walks up to receive her award. Photograph courtesy: Golden Globes

Leonardo DiCaprio’s surprised eye-roll after Lady Gaga brushed by his arm on her way to accept her trophy became a rage on the social network.

The moment left everyone guessing about his peculiar expression and whether the nudge by Gaga was intentional.

Gael Garcia Bernal strolling smilingly onto the stage, utterly dazed

Image: Gael Garcia Bernal accepts the award for Best Actor – TV Series, Comedy for Mozart in the Jungle. Photograph: Paul Drinkwater/Getty Images

Mozart In The Jungle, an uneven but quirky Amazon show about classical musicians, has a great cast and that might be one of the reasons why the HFPA picked it as the best comedy series of the year.

The idea Mozart beating out fellow nominees Transparent, Veep and Silicon Valley, all stunningly good, is patently ridiculous, which was reflected in the priceless expression Bernal, one of the show’s lead actors, wore on his face as he stumbled incredulously onto stage behind the rest of the pack.

Later in the night, he won a Best Actor trophy for the show.

Standing ovation for Sly

Image: Sylvester Stallone accepts the award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture for  Creed. Photograph: Paul Drinkwater/Getty Images

Sylvester Stallone has been a frontrunner in the Best Supporting Actor race this year for his terrific work in Creed but the minute presenter Patricia Arquette took his name, the floor erupted.

Stallone walked to the stage and there was a hearfelt standing ovation for the 69-year-old actor and also, as Sly acknowledged, for the character of Rocky Balboa who has, over seven films, been one of the screen’s most enduring best underdogs.

It was a touching moment which would have been perfect had Stallone not forgotten to thank Creed director Ryan Coogler or leading man Michael B Jordan.

All those knocks to the head, eh Rocky?

Aziz Ansari reading a book

Image: Aziz Ansari. Photograph: People Magazine/Twitter

As sight gags go, Master Of None star Aziz Ansari nailed it.

As his name was being called as a nominee for Best Actor in a Comedy Series, Ansari — in deference to the rightful category frontrunner (who happens to be, alas, in the wrong category) — hid behind a mocked-up hardcover book titled Losing To Jeffrey Tambor With Dignity.

As it turns out, Tambor didn’t win — but this gag sure did.

Alan Cumming’s googly-eyed dumbstruck reaction to the Mel Gibson joke

Image:  Host Ricky Gervais and presenter Mel Gibson speak onstage. Photograph: Paul Drinkwater/Getty Images

Gervais, in 2010, took an infamous (and elegantly timed) dig at the Australian actor: ‘I drink as much as the next man,’ Gervais said, beer in hand, ‘unless the next man is Mel Gibson.’

At which point Gibson, cued to present an award, strode out looking foolish, having been openly mocked about his many, many drunken transgressions.

This year Gervais introduced the Mad Max star with a feeble Bill Cosby joke, but later, standing next to him, asked him what ‘sugart**s’ (a weird and inappropriate term Gibson had, while intoxicated, used for a female police officer during his scandal) really meant.

It was a shocking moment, certainly, but for me, more than the bleeped out line itself the magic lay in the effect it had on Alan Cumming in the audience, his big round glasses nearly flying off his face, rendered dumbstruck by utter awe.

Tom Hanks and his impression of Denzel Washington

Image: Tom Hanks speaks onstage. Photograph: Paul Drinkwater/Getty Images

Hanks can do anything, and as he presented the Cecil B De Mille Lifetime Achievement award to his Philadelphia co-star Washington, he started out with a great Denzel impersonation before going on to herald the actor as one of the finest leading men of all time.

Washington, looking either very overwhelmed or very sheepish, brought his family up on stage to accept the award, couldn’t read his speech because he didn’t have his glasses, but, in a rare moment of applause for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, thanked them sincerely and said ‘They’ve always made me feel like a friend, or like part of the party.’

The time the stoic presenter broke form to laugh

Image Taraji P Henson, winner of Best Performance in a Television Series – Drama for Empire. Photograph Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

The Best Actress in a Drama Series award went to Taraji P Henson for Empire, and, because she won for playing a character named Cookie, she took two handfuls of cookies and started handing them out to people around her and on the way to the stage.

The Globes presenter, who normally robotically mentions the number of nominations and wins per person, seemed to only get the joke when reading out the name of her character, at which point he couldn’t help chuckling.

No matter what else was staged, this certainly wasn’t rehearsed.

David O Russell and his red cheek

Image: Director Ridley Scott, winner of Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy for The Martian. Photograph: Mark Davis/Getty Images

Ridley Scott won Best Picture (Comedy) for The Martian, beating out David O Russell’s Joy, but that didn’t stop Russell from warmly congratulating veteran director Scott while himself proudly wearing a big scarlet kiss-mark on his cheek given by his Joy star Jennifer Lawrence.

J Law, winning the Best Actress (Comedy) award for Russell’s film, professed her undying gratitude to the director and said she’d like to be buried next to him.

The moment of the night

Image:  Quentin Tarantino accepts the award for Best Original Score – Motion Picture for  The Hateful Eight on behalf of Ennio Morricone. Photograph: by Paul Drinkwater/Getty Images

The best score this year is, without question, Ennio Morricone’s sweeping and majestic theme that holds Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight in place, and it rightfully won Best Score.

Morricone wasn’t around but Tarantino picked up the award for the composer, and immediately declared Morricone the greatest composer of all time.

‘And I don’t mean movie composers, that ghetto. I’m talking Mozart, I’m talking Beethoven, I’m talking Schubert.’

It was a ludicrous, poorly-worded statement coming from a giddy fan, but it hit Leonardo DiCaprio hard and the actor — who played a memorable slave-owner villain in Tarantino’s Django Unchained last year — couldn’t help giggling at the director’s insane bombast, shoulders shaking with mirth.

That one beautiful quote

Image: Alejandro G Inarritu accepts the award for Best Director – Motion Picture for The Revenant. Photograph: Paul Drinkwater/Getty Images

Alejandro González Iñárritu is on a roll.

The Mexican filmmaker swept the awards season just last year with the miraculous Birdman, and now won big for The Revenant, which picked up Globes for Best Director and Best Picture (Drama).

During his acceptance speech, the director acknowledged the famously gruelling winter schedule the film forced onto him and his crew but then brushed it off with the line of the night.

‘Pain is temporary but a film is forever.’

Source: Golden Globes 2016: The Best Moments

 

YouTube Rewind: Turn Down for 2014

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20 Moments de la série « Friends » pour célébrer son 20e anniversaire / 20 Favorite « Friends » Moments to Celebrate Its 20th Anniversary

20 ans déjà pour le 1er épisode de cette série mythique et référence 🙂 !!! Que le temps passe vite.
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20 years for the first installment of this legendary sitcom and reference 🙂 !!! How time flies.

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