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11 Jan

You'll be a hero, not just for one day

Publié par Sandrine CHARAVY

You'll be a hero, not just for one day
You'll be a hero, not just for one day

David Bowie was a famous British singer and song writer. He was born in January 1947 in Brixton and died on January 11th 2016 in New York because of cancer. He was also a painter and an actor. Bowie, known for his androgynous appearance and his particolored eyes, released his first solo album in 1967. He mainly composed pop rock music but also new wave, electronic and experimental songs. His last album was released in January 2016, two days before his death and is entitled "Blackstar".


The best way to (re)discover this gifted artist is to listen to some of his songs...


Space Oddity was released in 1969 and it tells the story of a fictionnal astronaut named Major Tom and his launch is space. All along the song, we follow the dialogue between Major Tom and Ground Control.

"This is Major Tom to Ground Control
I'm stepping through the door
And I'm floating in the most peculiar way
And the stars look very different today
For here am I sitting in my tin can
Far above the world
Planet Earth is blue
And there's nothing I can do"


You can discover the incredible work of Renaud Forestié, a French illustrator from Bordeaux who turned the song into a comic strip.

The song The Man Who Sold the World  is also the title of Bowie's third album released in 1970 in the US (1971 in the UK). Many people think it is a song by Nirvana but they're wrong. Nirvana made a cover in 1994 during the famous MTV Unplugged in New York.


In the song, Bowie tells the story of a man who no longer recognizes himself "Oh no, not me, I never lost control".

The song Heroes belongs to Bowie's twelfth album released in 1977. This album is part of the Berlin Trilogy with Low and Lodger. The song tells the story of two lovers who meet at the Berlin Wall. Their love is forbidden but they decide to see each other every day under a gun turret of the Berlin Wall. The rumor said that Bowie was inspired by an affair between his producer, Tony Visconti and the backup singer Antonia Maass. This relationship was secret and forbidden because Visconti was married. 

“Bowie wails with crazed soul about two doomed lovers finding a moment of redemption together — just for one day.”

Rolling Stone Magazine

Bowie wrote a song with the famous rock band Queen and it is entitled Under Pressure. It was released in1981 and appeared on the album Hot Space. There are some debates about the person who created the bass line in the repetitive bassline in the song. At first and according to John Deacon, it was believed to be Bowie but he finally admitted that John Deacon wrote it first.

Bowie is now somewhere around us, in space, on Mars, whatever but his songs will remain with us on Earth.

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