Vale, David Bowie

January 18, 2016

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Circul8’s staff are celebrating the incredible life and artistry of an icon by sharing their favourite tracks.

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When the news of David Bowie’s passing hit the internet, the entire Circul8 office stopped what they were doing for a moment to take in the news, and since then the soundtrack has been non-stop Bowie.

To celebrate the incredible life and artistry of Ziggy Stardust/The Thin White Duck/Aladdin Sane et al, we’ve compiled our definitive playlist of favourite tracks and what these songs mean to us (the Slack thread on this subject is one of the most detailed conversations to take place at Circul8).

Vale, David Bowie. Planet Earth is blue, and there’s nothing we can do.

Jules: Ask me each day and I’ll give you a different answer. One thing everyone loved was how versatile he was and how he inspired so many. His song ‘Cat People (Putting Out The Fire)’ was used perfectly in Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Inglourious Basterds’ as the perfect accompaniment to revenge. And, if you’re recreating the past, why not make it even better with something from the future.

Abby: I love Let’s Dance, because it never fails to make me happy.

Nic: Amidst the enormous outpouring of online grief in recent days, this video of David Bowie, Annie Lennox, and Queen performing “Under Pressure” was shared.  My first thought was, “Oh yay, Bowie, Freddie and Annie all onstage!” Then, I realised Annie was there because Freddie wasn’t, and now Bowie’s gone too. We’re so lucky to have all these moments to celebrate and enjoy. What a gift, thank you DB. Say hi to Freddie for us.

Alice: Life on Mars is my fav track. It was my Dad’s fav when i was younger and rubbed off on me!

Ryville: Can I pick ‘Chubby Little Fat Man’ that he wrote for Ricky Gervais on Extras?

[Ed: the response on the circul8 Slack was a standing ovation GIF]

It was fun to consider Bowie as a bully. Clearly he’s not.

Steph: Heroes…Because it’s a song that inspires.

Will: Heroes. Trying to pick my favourite David Bowie song is near impossible… he reinvented himself so many times and each persona he embodied has impacted me and influenced me at one point of my life. The cosmic mind expanding vision of ‘space oddity’ in my teens, the absolute groove of ‘golden years’ and the soul of the entire Young Americans album as I started going out, the stark desolation of his Berlin albums at times of disillusion, more recently ‘modern love’, even his new work collaborating with LCD Soundsystem and Arcade Fire has influenced me. Ultimately all of his art has made me feel that being different wasn’t just ok, it was something to be proud of and to revel in, and one song in particular has always stayed with me, inspiring confidence and ambition; Heroes. The 1977 live TV version in particular resonates with me; bare from any make up, red jacket, just himself, singing to the camera. That’s the confidence I always strive to have.

I always just kind of thought he was invincible.

Written by Nic Dorward

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