David Bowie: Forever A Legend

David Bowie
Today would have been the late singer’s 73rd birthday.

73 years ago, a baby boy was born by the name of David Robert Jones. Little did the world know then that a showman, a legend, an icon was born.

David Bowie is easily one of the most influential artists not just in the 20th century…but ever. He was someone who was so effortlessly themself and never let anyone tell them otherwise.

In both music and movies, Bowie showed a creative force that no one could ever close to replicating. With his own unique style, which often was androgynous, Bowie opened doors for others who were far from normal, in the best way.

Bowie was such a performer in his time, bringing costume and theatrics to the stage, which wasn’t very common then. His videos often included him in make-up which, while many were put off by it, helped shape the music, film and fashion we know today.

The Showman

From his first album, Hunky Dory, to his last, Blackstar, Bowie has tons of hits under his belt. With him constantly reinventing his stage personas, fans were always eager to see who and what David would do next. Here are some of his personas.

David Bowie: Though this is his regualr standard self, he did give himself a new last name. From Jones to Bowie. He named himself after American pioneer and creator of the Bowie knife, James Bowie.

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Ziggy Stardust: A bisexual demigod in red boots. This was character that gave Bowie the breakthrough he needed. The album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars  is now considered one of the greatest albums of all time and his songs provide a critical note on matters like politics, drugs and sexual orientation.

Aladdin Sane: “A lad insane” is said to be Bowie’s “half brother Terry who has schizophrenia.” Aladdin came to light when Bowie killed off Ziggy Stardust onstage at a London gig, introducing his new era. The Aladdin Sane album which features the self titled track and the hit “The Jean Genie.”

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The Thin White Duke: This persona happened during David Bowie’s “dark years.” He was struggling with a heavy hard drug addiction and stress. From here came the album, Station to Station. This alter ego is a troubled man, who sings of romance but is completely numb to feelings. The Duke had platinum blond hair and was usually dressed in a white shirt, black trousers and a waistcoat. It is his most controversial persona and the Thin White Duke has been called a psychopathic aristocrat and an immortal zombie.

The Blind Prophet: His last and most heartbreaking character. The Blind Prophet came from the Blackstar album. In the video Lazarus, he is a blind prophet telling himself of his own death. This whole album is a goodbye message to his adoring fans. Knowing he was dying and wouldn’t be around much longer, he wanted to give one last gift. It even features the lyrics “look up here, I’m in heaven,” hoping to give fans a slight ease.

The Actor

Bowie’s film and television career are almost if not equally as impressive and inspiring as his music career. He held leading roles in several feature films, including The Man Who Fell to Earth, Just a GigoloMerry Christmas, Mr. LawrenceThe HungerThe Linguini Incident, and arguably his biggest film Labyrinth.

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David Bowie as Jareth in Labyrinth/ Lucasfilm Ltd. LLC 

You can’t forget the endless amounts of documentaries made!

The Influencer

David Bowie has influenced some of the greatest artists of today. Most notably, Harry Styles as of recent. Harry Styles, we can wholeheartedly say, is the David Bowie of the recent generation. Pushing gender boundaries and being openly fluid. Bowie influences can be heard in Harry’s self-titled album and his recent album, Fine Line. Let’s not forget the fashion!

Another popular artist that takes direct influence from David is Lady Gaga. From Gaga’s first big hit, “Just Dance,” which featured her rocking a lightning bolt over her eye. Gaga has always expressed her love and admiration for the late singer. She even sports a portrait tattoo on her ribs of him.

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When Bowie passed, at the Grammy Awards that year, Lady Gaga honored him by performing a stunning performance of a Bowie medley. Starting with “Space Oddity” she performed variations of his biggest hits like “Changes,” “Suffragette City,” “Fashion,” “Let’s Dance,” and “Heroes.” While, of course, she nailed the vocals, she even dedicated her look that night to him, complete with the campy outfits, orange hair, and dramatic outfit changes. You can watch the full performance here.

A Legend Forever

Though he is now gone, David Bowie lives on forever through his movies, music, and family. A biopic movie is said to be in the works, however, it is also said that David’s family refuses to hand over the rights to his music.

David was a legend in music and film for his unique style and creativity, but he was so much more than that. He was unapologetically himself which was so rare for him on time. Wearing makeup, dresses and being openly bisexual were things that he did way before they were deemed “okay.” He has opened the door for not only musicians but people who just want to be themselves.

Bowie will forever be one of the greatest icons to ever grace the world.

Forever a legend.

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Words: Jace Chiappetta | Featured Photo: David Bowie/VEVO

A Collection of Albums That Changed Our Lives

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Music, as a whole, is a powerful thing. Its very existence has done so much good within our world. Whether it’s being used to score a movie or the musician is trying to make a political statement or its someone’s personal diary of life events; music has a way of majorly impacting us each as individuals and as a society. Here, at MDRN MAG, we’ve been reflecting on which albums had the biggest impact on our so far. From teaching music appreciation to building self-confidence to providing a friend in this big and scary world, music has done a lot for us.

So, here it is.

A collection of albums that changed the lives of the team here at Pop Sundae HQ.

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Labyrinth
David Bowie
June 27, 1986

Jace: This album and movie are what made me fall in love with music. The music is so magical, fun and captivating. It’s very David Bowie but with this majestical twist. The album has fun upbeat songs like “Magic Dance” and “Underground” as well as ballads such as “As the World Falls Down.” This was what got me into David Bowie, and since then he has been my idol. He has broken gender stereotypes and has NEVER been afraid to be himself. His music is awe-inspiring and beautiful. Only he would be able to write such an amazing album literally on his death bed. He is forever a legend.

American Idiot
Green Day
September 20, 2005

Celine: I remember saving up my allowance money to be able to purchase American Idiot, it was the first album I got with my ‘own’ money. It’s one of those albums I can listen to front to back without skipping any songs. As a kid it was my escape from reality, as an adult I understand the themes of the characters Green Day created. Certain songs just take me back to the careless kid I once was. Others, have helped me in darker times in my life.

Riot!
Paramore
March 13, 2007

Maeve: This album changed everything for me. I discovered it when my sister’s music was accidentally downloaded onto my iPod touch. I had grown sick of listening to the same songs over and over again on my way to school so I decided to listen to “That’s What You Get” on a whim. I was instantly hooked. I would soon listen to the album religiously and download all the Paramore songs I could get my hands on.

This album also introduced me to one of my future role models, Hayley Williams. My red hair was something that I didn’t like about myself because it made me different and I was an easy target for bullying. But seeing Hayley rock that red hair in the iconic “Misery Business” music video was the confidence boost my 12-year-old self needed to start accepting herself. Today, both my red hair and Paramore hold a special place in my heart and that’s all thanks to Riot!

Unbroken
Demi Lovato
September 20, 2011

Krista: I was just a kid when the album came out, but listening to it gave me a friend — if that makes sense. And as I got older, experienced and learned more, I’ve kept the album close to my heart. When I need a sad ballad to cry to, or something to dance to, or anything in between, I’ve got options. My sister bought me the album for Christmas the year it came out, and it gave me a connection to my favorite celeb. To this day, Demi’s still one of my favorite artists, and her music helped me through quite a lot. Not to mention, it was a record based on her recovery, and that’s always been important to me, too.

Mayday Parade
Mayday Parade
October 4, 2011

Kaiti: I accidentally happened upon this album years ago when “Stay” auto-played on YouTube. The video and the song had me in tears. I needed to hear more, so I looked up the band and album the song came from. Which led me to Mayday Parade’s self-titled album. This was my first real introduction to the pop-punk scene. For so long, for whatever reason, bands and people from within that world freaked me out. (Hello, 100% teeny bopper Disney boyband fan.) Upon discovering self-titled, I full-on submerged myself into MP’s music and began working my way through any band they worked with. I also added their Pandora station to my phone, which introduced me to a whole slew of new poppunk bands.

This genre of music became a home for me. It gave me friends and experiences and a life that I don’t think I could have had without it. I’m forever grateful that YouTube randomly played “Stay” for me all those years ago. And, to this day, it’s still my favorite Mayday Parade song.

Take Me Home
One Direction
November 9, 2012

Leeanna: The Take Me Home album by 1D changed my life in a positive way. I think it opened my eyes to appreciate music a little more. The album is full of bops and it definitely kicked my boyband obsession into full force. If One Direction can change my life in a positive way, then it can do the same to you. If you haven’t listened to this, I highly recommend you give it a listen. It’ll make you think more, make you dance more. And most importantly it would leave you feeling better than ever!

Legendary
The Summer Set
April 16, 2013

Anna: Music has always been a huge part of my life, a way to escape when I didn’t want to be present in my own life. However, it wasn’t until February 27, 2014 that I realized music was more than an escape, it was a place that I fit in and was accepted. I was seeing The Summer Set play their new album Legendary in full in a venue that held 200 people. The venue was small and packed, but that’s the fun of an intimate. Right before they played the song “Rescue,” lead singer Brian Dales told everyone to look to their right and to their left, to put their arm around a stranger and welcome them into our family.

Five years later, that random stranger I put my arm around is my best friend. I learned that music is more than a rescue, it’s the place to turn to when you are in desperate need of a friend in the eye of a storm. If it wasn’t for Legendary, I wouldn’t have learned that the strongest friendships are the people who share the same love of music as you do.

5 Seconds of Summer
5 Seconds of Summer
June 27, 2014

Ashley: At the time I was dealing with a lot of bullying, I was feeling down a lot and when this album came out it was like it told me it’s ok to not be ok, that it’s cool to not fit in. I was at my lowest of lows. So when this album released I’d have my headphones on for my walk to work. Of course, I’d be singing loudly. That band has kept me out of the very dark place I used to be in. I’ll forever be appreciative of that.

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Sounds Good, Feels Good
5 Seconds of Summer
August 23, 2015

Susie: This album had songs that helped me realize other people felt the same genuine pain that I did. These songs were, and still are, important to me because they are mature and understanding and unique songs that showed me these people, who are touring the world and doing what they love, they feel the way I feel sometimes. My pain, my brokenness, isn’t just mine, it’s theirs too, and they can overcome it. It’s possible that I can too.

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KOD
J Cole
April 20, 2018

Gabby: I was going through a pretty dark time during this time, and I felt that most of the music on here spoke to me. He’s always known for rapping about social issues and dark things people go through, and I could relate to it (No I don’t mean the drugs, but the other messages within the album).

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Anfang
Roselia
June 2, 2018

Justine: It was the first time I really listened to this group & they became such a positive impact on my life where I can hear any of their songs & instantly have a smile on my face.

There you have it!

These are the albums that changed our lives, but which ones changed yours the most? Feel free to share with us and let’s send out some recognition to the wonderful musicians who created these amazing pieces of work. It’s difficult to think where we’d all be without them and their contributions to the music industry.

Words: Kaiti Fleeger | Featured Photo: Vinyl Radar

Androgynous Kings and Queens of the World

Androgynous; an·drog·y·nous: adjective

partly male and partly female in appearance; neither specifically feminine nor masculine

In today’s world, anybody can wear whatever they want, which is so AMAZING! It’s 2019, and more and more people are making that androgynous jump. But just because they are now does not mean they always were. There are so many people that had to endure the ridicule and backlash of non-accepting people.

Today we see so many celebrities using their platform to speak out about acceptance. While still facing some backlash, with today’s power of social media, people aim to really make a change.

From Bowie to Ruby Rose, here are our Androgynous Kings and Queens that have helped break that barrier.

Marlene Dietrich 

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Marlene Dietrich was an actress in the 1930’s, and a pioneer for women. Not only was she one of the first women who blurred the lines of what women could wear, but she was a pioneer for bisexuality.

David Bowie

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When you think of the Icon that is David Bowie, what do you think of? The makeup? The outfits? The bisexuality? The ‘idgaf’ attitude that he embodied? Bowie was the beginning of Androgyny in men, his fashion, his music, and his wisdom will forever live on.

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Annie Lennox

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Sweet dreams are made of these: Annie Lennox in suits. Annie has never been one to follow rules. Always sporting a cropped hairdo, the singer has always rocked the edgier side of life.

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Prince

Prince was one of, if not THE, fashion icon of the 80’s. With his make up, sparkles, and flamboyance…Prince was everything that made the 80’s the 80’s.

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Boy George

Boy George, of Culture Club, was a chameleon with his makeup. Having an entire different look each night, Boy George was unlike anything else. He embraced his flamboyance and femininity and helped pave a road for future generations.

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Joan Jett

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She doesn’t give a damn about her bad reputation or appearance. Joan has always been an androgynous tomboy and has rarely ever been seen in a dress.

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Harry Styles

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There are literally no words to describe this man other than “Perfection.” Harry has always been one to embrace androgyny and speak out about the LGBTQ+ Community. We stan a man that loves everyone like he does.

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Janelle Monae

Janelle Monae is just one of those people who can literally wear anything and just make it look like it was made for them.

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YUNGBLUD

YUNGBLUD has broken so many stereotypes and “rules” after only being in the game for a short amount of time. Wearing dresses on stage, and speaking up about mental health, he is a leader in moving forward with acceptance.

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Ruby Rose

If anyone embodies the word “Androgynous”, its Ruby Rose. Need we say more?

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Ezra Miller

Ezra Miller is the King and Queen we all need. He will serve looks in a dress, in a suit, as a superhero, and as a wizard. he can do it all.

Words: Jace Chiappetta | Featured Image: WeTheUrban

Harry Styles and Roles We Want To See Him In

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Later this month will mark the 2 year anniversary of Harry Styles’s acting debut.

Two years ago Harry Styles wowed us all as Alex, a British soldier in Dunkirk. He hasn’t had any acting gigs since then, but that’s okay. We know it’s hard for him to pick… So we narrowed it down for him. Here are some roles we think would suit Harry‘s style.

Prince Eric

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I’m sorry but if this picture doesn’t convince you, then you need glasses. He would be perfect for The Little Mermaid.

Great Gatsby

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This look gives us major Leo DiCaprio vibes that we just NEED to see him try on the old sport.

David Bowie

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Picture this; a David Bowie biopic. Who would be flashy, emotional, talented and confident enough to play the enigma? Harry is the only answer.

Literally ANY RomCom

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Literally, just put Harry as the lead in any RomCom and we will be the happiest people ever.

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Words: Jace, Celine | Featured Image: Francolis Lo Presti