David Bowie: 20 Remarkable Facts About The King of Glam Rock

1Multi-instrumentalist

David Bowie was known as a multi-instrumentalist. In addition to his playing guitar, keyboards, harmonica, and saxophone, he played stylophone, viola, cello, koto, thumb piano, drums, and percussion.


2Telling Lies

David Bowie was the first major artist to release a downloadable single (Telling Lies) in 1996.


3Liza Jane

His real name was David Jones. He even recorded his first single “Liza Jane” under the name Davie Jones. He later changed his name to not be confused with Davy Jones, the lead singer of the Monkees, who was already famous in the United States.


4The Man Who Sold the World

When David Bowie heard Nirvana’s cover of “The Man Who Sold the World”, he said he was “blown away” by the fact that Kurt Cobain liked his work, and said, “it would have been nice to have worked with him, but just talking with him would have been real cool.”


5Station To Station

While making ‘Station To Station,’ his diet consisted of only red peppers, milk, and cocaine. He said that he doesn’t even remember the recording sessions because he was so coked out.


6SNL

David Bowie was briefly banned from SNL in 1997 for playing a song that reminded Lorne Michaels too much of the time when he was a heavy coke user.


7Under Pressure

“Under Pressure” was written by David Bowie and Queen during a 24-hour wine and cocaine marathon.


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8Andy Warhol

When David Bowie played his song “Andy Warhol” to Andy Warhol, he did not like it. When the song had finished playing, Warhol and Bowie reportedly just stared at each other for a while until Warhol said “I like your shoes” and the pair then had a conversation about shoes.


9Sexuality

David Bowie was the first sexually ambiguous British pop star, declaring himself bisexual in 1972 (before contemporaries such as Freddie Mercury and Elton John made similar declarations) and only five years since male homosexuality had been decriminalized in the UK. In a magazine interview, he stated that he met his first wife when they were in a relationship with the same man.


10Magic Dance

The baby noises heard in “Magic Dance” in The Labyrinth was dubbed over by David Bowie himself because he felt the actual baby didn’t perform as required.

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