In a rather unexpected piece of news this gloomy Monday, music icon David Bowie (born David Robert Jones) lost an 18-month battle with cancer just days after his 69th birthday, which coincided with the release of his latest studio album Blackstar.
Apropos to his legacy, reports of his death were furiously dismissed as mere hoaxes. Bowie’s son — filmmaker Duncan Jones (Moon, Source Code, the upcoming Warcraft) — confirmed it in a pretty downcast tweet about his dad.
The massively influential singer-songwriter touched the hearts of many for over 40 years of his acclaimed career through the glam rock, art rock, new wave eras. Classic albums such as The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, Aladdin Sane and songs such as ‘Space Oddity’ and ‘Life On Mars’ sealed his reputation as an eccentric yet genius musician. Blackstar came out to universal acclaim too, proving he was still as strong as ever.
Did you know though, that Bowie holds Singapore pretty close to his heart? Such an impression our city-state left on the icon that Singapore was featured pretty heavily in his documentary film Ricochet, released in 1984 following his Serious Moonlight tour.
Celebrate his illustrious life and watch as he chats with a taxi uncle, listens to an orchestral version of ‘Majulah Singapura’, and even a poignant vignette of him being fascinated by a Wayang performance. You can check out each and every place he visited around the island in this in-depth analysis by SG Film Hunter.
Rest in peace and shine on forever, you literal Starman. Here’s our personal favourite performance of his that we’ll always remember him by — a triumphant one with Arcade Fire.