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Bowie

Bowie

Date: Jan 07 2008

Themes: Alternative, Music, Pop Culture

Intro

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David Bowie is a chameleon. The British singer rose to fame in the ‘70s playing glam rock, and his style has shifted in each decade since, though he’s always good at what he does.

Along the way, he’s worked with many influential musicians, including Stevie Ray Vaughn, Queen, Brian Eno, and, most recently Arcade Fire. Listen to Devan and Jason talk about how Bowie makes friends so easily.

Dialog

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Jason

Jason

Devan

Devan

Jason:  So you know what I think every musician wants to know?

Devan:  What?

Jason:  Is how did David Bowie get into, like, the position David Bowie is in? I mean, he’s incredibly talented, granted, but he has such freedom that other artists don’t have. He can be in movies and costumes and he can collaborate with anyone he wants and no one else does that…

Devan:  That’s because he’s an alien.

Jason:  Really?

Devan:  He’s not really human. He’s, like, superhuman. He’s amazing.

Jason:  Where is he from?

Devan:  Haven’t you seen his movie? The Man Who Fell to Earth?

Jason:  Oh…

Devan:  That’s basically an auto…or a biography about him. It’s about his life.

Jason:  And it explains that he’s an alien?

Devan:  Um-hm.

Jason:  Oh. Well, you answered my question, then. I guess other musicians are Earthlings and therefore…

Devan:  Why do you think he has two different colored eyes?

Jason:  Fair enough. I’ve seen Earthlings with different colored eyes though, but…

Devan:  No. He’s definitely…He’s Ziggy Stardust. He came to Earth with the spiders from Mars, started a band.

Jason:  And all this time I’ve just admired him for being able to pull off an act like Ziggy Stardust.

Devan:  Isn’t he amazing.

Jason:  He is amazing. But now I know that he actually is Ziggy Stardust. So thanks for solving the mystery.

 

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Discussion

Jason wonders how David Bowie is able to act in films, collaborate with all kinds of people, and do so much more than most musicians. Devan explains it’s because he’s an alien.

In the ‘70s, Bowie used to perform as an alter ego named Ziggy Stardust. But Devan insists that Ziggy isn’t a just a character. She says David Bowie is from another planet and that’s why he has two different colored eyes.

Jason says he’s seen people with different colored eyes before, but that maybe the idea that Bowie is an alien would explain his success and charm.

What other pop stars do you think might be aliens?

 

Comments

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flylover

flylover

Georgia

he’s really amazing!....i’m new fan of him:) Life on mars is my fav :)

12:36 PM Jun 05 2011 |

yang-yqj

China

it's a good lessons!

06:10 AM Jan 11 2008 |

benichou

Algeria

“We live thinking never die “

10:17 PM Jan 10 2008 |

benichou

Algeria

"We live thinking never die"

10:15 PM Jan 10 2008 |

conan410

conan410

China

it's really amazing! I can't believe it. why devan so childish?

10:41 AM Jan 10 2008 |

wfangq

wfangq

China

Good.

02:32 AM Jan 10 2008 |

itsrakeshsingh

India

Great stuff

09:22 PM Jan 09 2008 |

jason8878

Austria

hi

 

 

10:11 AM Jan 09 2008 |

sunnylinda

sunnylinda

China

 

  there is no alian on the earth of course. but ilike britney's songs.  but not her  personal life. she is insanity/////??  will the alina come to her? sweety songs

08:47 AM Jan 09 2008 |

gunslinger

gunslinger

Brazil

I've been think about the question: "What others pop stars do you think might be aliens" and  two names cames to my head:

1.º Britney Spears – think about all his insanity – it's his inside alien trying to release;

 2.º Micheal Jackson – think about all his changes, only an alien coud do that.

10:30 PM Jan 08 2008 |

gonzelius

gonzelius

Argentina

I think he is just an awesome artist. So complete and complex at the same time. He is truly a pioneer in using multimedia in rock. I enjoyed the dialog and I found it funny. Of course, Bowie isn't an alien. But is a valid point as he—being so extravagant, seems to come from outer space!

09:28 PM Jan 08 2008 |

gonzelius

gonzelius

Argentina

Great lesson!I don’t think Bowie is an alien. He is just one of the most creative artist in the widest sense of the word. He is a truly pioneer when it comes to transforming and reinventing himself.

09:14 PM Jan 08 2008 |

erluvta

erluvta

Indonesia

nice lesson..he is not an alien, but i think he used softlens in his eyes

07:38 AM Jan 08 2008 |

erluvta

erluvta

Indonesia

nice lesson…he's not an alien but he i think he used softlens in his eyes

07:35 AM Jan 08 2008 |

LaughOutLoud816

Philippines

 

 Now i know whos david bowie is! his interesting then..

 

05:02 AM Jan 08 2008 |

aljensen

aljensen

United States

I love David Bowie! He is really a perennial artist, constantly able to reinvent himself. I love the way though recently he has returned to his roots and begun to produce more “retro” sounding music. Although, then again, that’s the style these days!

04:03 AM Jan 08 2008 |

weiweilove125

China

sorry  i can't see!

 

12:41 AM Jan 08 2008 |

qldfy

Hong Kong

谁能给我指点一下英语怎么正确发音啊, 我的音发的不准,以至别人教听不懂了.

12:35 AM Jan 08 2008 |

ISSA_NIRIEL

Peru

He is just an eccentric artist

10:46 PM Jan 07 2008 |

azert3

Algeria

no thing!

09:26 PM Jan 07 2008 |

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