Eugenious: What Becomes a Legend Like Bowie Most
WHY YOU SHOULD CARE
Because while the song largely remains the same, some are clearly greater than others.
By Eugene S. Robinson
It happens sometimes. Darby Crash, the lead singer of the Germs, kills himself on Dec. 7, 1980, influenced by the David Bowie song “Five Years.” Should be a big deal, and it is a big deal, until the next day, when John Lennon is shot. Rock-paper-scissors and one event eclipses another; you would have had to ask “Darby who?” if we hadn’t already told you.
So it goes that our favorite objet d’hate-love, Sting, who has tried for decades to pimp his bona fides as a jazzman, does so again in a year when David Bowie releases Blackstar. Though not a traditional jazz recording by any means, it is chock-full of serious jazz musicians and embodies the greatest spirit of jazz through its two-fisted willingness to not give overly many fucks and to experiment like lives depend on it.
Which, now knowing what we know, they sort of did.
Because, soon thereafter, Bowie dies, drops the mic, leaves the stage with his 25th studio album still ringing in our ears. He is immortalized as, among many other things both good and bad, a genius. Unquestionably. Undeniably.
But hey — Sting’s got a net worth of $290 mil. That’s got to be worth something. Right?