David Bowie, a man of many faces. A man of many talents. A man who wears his art on his soul. The era of his I enjoy most is the Major Tom era through Aladdin Sane, but my favorite era of his characters is the era of Young Americans and Station To Station. This man is the Thin White Duke.
This character is dark and troubled. An enthusiast of fascist philosophy, seeing himself as a dictator over the crowds who praise him. He mocks from the shadows.
While the Young Americans record was full of happy sounds, the lyrics took a more cynical and sadistic approach to things. Mocking Young Americans for their lack of experience and stupidity, criticizing the life of fame and those who push standards into people like him. In Station To Station, not only do his lyrics remain that way but the music turns more off.
This era of Bowie is interesting however I’m not an expert on it. I’ve done a little reading and watched some concerts but overall I’m new on the whole character thing with Bowie, even though I’ve been familiar with him my whole life.