He created his own science fiction alter ego. Most people recognize the iconic image of David Bowie as Ziggy Stardust, but this wasn’t just a costume. Ziggy was a fully fleshed out character with an interesting backstory that was intended to serve as the basis of a sci-fi stage production. The story of Ziggy Stardust involves the end of the world and the prophetic Starmen that come to save Earth from certain doom.
He collaborated with Queen. In 1981, at the height of Queen’s popularity, Bowie collaborated with them on the song “Under Pressure.” To this day, the song has one of the most recognizable bass lines in history and is considered one of the greatest songs of the 1980s. Although the song was very much an equal effort, Bowie opted not to perform it live on stage until 1992, when he sang it with Annie Lennox at a tribute concert for Freddie Mercury.
He brought nightmares to kids everywhere. In 1986, he starred in the ridiculously creepy children’s movie “Labyrinth.” In this tremendously strange Jim Henson creation, Bowie played the king of Goblins who basically kidnaps and tortures children. If you grew up in the ’80s or ’90s, you probably have some freaky memories of Labyrinth. It didn’t do so hot in the box office, but it’s now considered by many to be a cult classic.
He married a supermodel. Though he was known for his androgynous look and questionable sexuality, in 1992, he landed the gorgeous supermodel Iman. They were pretty much the coolest couple in history and remained married until his untimely death Jan. 10, 2016. They had one kid together … who is probably going to grow up to rule the world.
He played himself in Zoolander. After a 30-plus year career, David Bowie had become such an undisputed legend in every sense of the word, such an instantly recognizable household name, that it was only natural for him to start doing cameos in films as himself. His appearance in the 2001-comedy “Zoolander” made him that much cooler and introduced his face to a generation of younger people who probably only knew him from their parents’ old records.
He had a species of spider named after him. It’s called the Heteropoda davidbowie and it’s as crazy looking as you would think. Seriously, how amazingly cool do you have to be before someone names a whole species after you? Only David Bowie knows the answer.
The world is a lot less cool with the passing of this legend. Rest in peace, space man.