“What I like my music to do to me is awaken the ghosts inside of me. Not the demons, you understand, but the ghosts.”—David Bowie.
David Bowie, one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century, has a back catalogue comparable to no other artist. The man’s many faces may have kept him in the public eye but it was always underlined by an incredible set of tunes.
A discography which boasts hit after hit of genre-melding fan favourites, Bowie managed to continually reinvent himself given the ever-changing musical surroundings and, quite typically, kept himself one step ahead of the game and the rest of the competition.
With a mammoth 27 full-length studio albums to his name, the most recent coming just two days before his death in January 2016, Bowie became one of the world’s best-selling music artists as his records repeatedly surged to the top of the charts upon every release.
From Hunky Dory to the iconic Blackstar, the list of creations Bowie’s legacy can be swelled by is impressive to say the least. Perhaps his most celebrated album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust saw Bowie highlighting his swaggering style, he said of the album before the album’s release: “What you have there on that album when it does finally come out, is a story which doesn’t really take place, it’s just a few little scenes from the life of a band called Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, who could feasibly be the last band on Earth—it could be within the last five years of Earth.”
“I’m not at all sure. Because I wrote it in such a way that I just dropped the numbers into the album in any order that they cropped up. It depends in which state you listen to it in.
Whether you’re a fan of Ziggy Stardust, The Thin White Duke, Aladdin Sane or Jareth the Goblin King, David Bowie had something for just about anybody.
While his extensive back catalogue is a challenge for most to know inside out, a new playlist has managed to collect Bowie’s discography into a mammoth 19-hour complete chronological playlist which allows you to follow Bowie’s development through the years.