David Bowie in concert circa 1999, courtesy Getty Images.
Of all the classic, mind-meltingly good songs David Bowie has released, which is the very best? A survey published by Digital Spy last January suggested most punters leaned in favour of “Life on Mars” with “Changes” and “The Man Who Sold the World” ranking a distant seventh and ninth.
Strenuously object? Here’s your chance to put things right.
On the 40th anniversary of Bowie’s groundbreaking opus The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars which is reissued this month in enhanced and expanded format, the brain-trust over at Britain’s NME want Bowie fans to determine the 65-year-old master’s most enduring song via a poll it is currently holding.
“Heroes” and “Ashes to Ashes” now have a fighting chance to claim the top spot in the Bowie canon. Just saying. Head here to vote.
The Ziggy Stardust anniversary is bittersweet, however. As we reported last August, Bowie biographer Paul Trynka claimed in an interview with Spinner that the musician is likely retired from recording for good.
“My heart says he'll come back. But my head says he's likely not to,” the author of Starman is quoted as saying.
“I think he would only come back if he thinks he could deliver something that will be seismic. If you pop back into the stage, it's got to be something that has a big explosion and lots of flashes. It would be a bit of a miracle if he comes back, but miracles do happen.”
Bowie has been conspicuously absent from stages and studios the past few years while the webiverse has filled the vacuum with speculation that he’s in poor health, despite the occasional red carpet appearance alongside model-wife, Iman.
We here at inMusic live in hope that the so-called Thin White Duke will rock us once more.