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David Bowie (born David Robert Jones on January 8, 1947) is a British pop and rock singer, actor, multi-instrumentalist, producer, arranger, and audio engineer.
He became world famous in the 1970s with songs like "Space Oddity" (1969), "Starman" (1972), "Jean Genie" (1972), "Sound & Vision" (1975), "Heroes" (1975), "Boys Keep Swinging" (1979) and continued his success in the next decades with songs like "Under Pressure" (1981) and "Let's Dance" (1983). Bowie is well known for frequently reinventing his music and image. He is widely regarded as the most influential innovator in rock and pop music since the 1970s.
Bowie referencing Zappa
On October 30, 2003 Bowie played a concert in Vienna when he noticed his female bassist did not wear a long shirt (just a jacket above a smaller shirt) and mentioned: "Who could imagine?", in reference to It Can't Happen Here. Then he asked the audience if any of them knew this song?
References by Zappa
"His final public appearance in Philadelphia though, came later that evening. With his spare time, Zappa decided out of curiosity to catch David Bowie's show at the Spectrum and then see Randy Newman at the Academy. After returning from the Spectrum, Frank was resting in his Academy box during intermission waiting for Newman to bring out his orchestra, when MC Steve Mortorano approached him.
"How would you like to go out and tell the kids not to smoke?" Zappa was asked.
"Sure," said Frank.
Mortorano walked out on stage first. "We have a special guest," he said, "who's here to deliver a message. Would you please welcome Doris Day."
Frank strolled out briskly and took the mike in his right hand. "Ladies and Gentlemen," spoketh Zappa, "I've come out here to make an announcement. Please do not smoke. If you want to smoke, go to the Spectrum and watch David Bowie." (Quoted from What's A Mother To Do?)
FRANCESCO: "… You got lotsa guys like that now. Everybody thinks they're terrific . . . who'll be the 'Mozart' of your century? David Bowie?
The people of your century no longer require the service of composers. A composer is as useful to a person in a jogging suit as a dinosaur turd in the middle of his runway.
Your age is ugly and loveless, and when they eventually write you up in the leather book with the red silk thing hanging out the side, YOUR nasty little 'Mozart' will be a sort of egalitarian-affirmative action non-person of indeterminate sex, chosen by a committee who will seek advice from a group of accountants who will consult a tan lawyer who will negotiate with a clothing manufacturer who will sponsor a series which will feature a simulation of a lip-synced version of the troubled life of a white boy with special hair who achieves musical greatness through abnormally large sales figures. …
In Be In My Video the line "let's dance the blues under the megawatt moonlight" is a reference to Bowie's music video "Let's Dance" (1983).