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(cracked actor)
10/30/08 05:53 PM
David Bowie: Thin Machine [re: ]  

Emaciation. A starving artist. "You can't eat when you've lived too long." Perhaps no other rock star is known for being thin as David Bowie.

He first touched upon the subject in All The Madmen when he sang, "Where the thin men stalk the streets/ And the sane stay underground." Bowie is one of the madmen, the "thin man" who sold the world.

On the Ziggy Stardust album Bowie is a frail, beautiful creature with a thundering, moonage guitar.

Aladdin Sane was barely a skeleton; too fearful of Time to stop and eat.

On David Live, Bowie is lithe as a leopard, kicking and dancing like a white hot Fred Astaire.

Finally, Bowie named himself "the thin white Duke," the incarnation of cocaine, the personification of power.

Bowie epitomizes the way a rock star should look, with a lean frame, sculpted features, a thick shock of hair and spidery hands. It's a bit of a conundrum. How can such a light man have such force?

(mortal with potential)
10/30/08 07:54 PM
Re: David Bowie: Thin Machine new [re: to_dizzy]  

He's just so gracefully slender and willowy, and his complexion is so flawlessly fair and glowing. He looks like an angel -- to match his voice

10/30/08 10:02 PM
Re: David Bowie: Thin Machine new [re: to_dizzy]  

Brian Eno said Bowie was the most malnourished rock singer he'd met... just thought I'd share that .

10/31/08 04:06 AM
Re: David Bowie: Thin Machine new [re: Chinchilla]  

Ian Hunter said something like that too. In his 1972 diary he wrote "David looks tired but great. Looks like hes not been eating again; he's the only star I know who suffers from regular malnutrition."

Maybe Lou Reed took a cue from how cool Bowie looked. Around the time he was recording his first solo album, Lou was all pudgy. Then after making Transformer with Bowie, Reed got all skeletal (and blond). Of course, it could have been the heroin, but anyway...

(cracked actor)
10/31/08 05:16 AM
Re: David Bowie: Thin Machine new [re: ziggfried]  

Didn't Bowie call himself a "malnutrite?"

10/31/08 05:31 AM
Re: David Bowie: Thin Machine new [re: to_dizzy]  

Dunno, but he sure as heck should have made an album called "Malnutrite."

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