David Bowie Vinyl, CD & tapes by David Bowie at Norman Records
If we wanted to, we could probably fill this blurb out with nicknames. David Bowie, Alladin Sane, Ziggy Stardust, Major Tom... you know how it goes. The musician most likely to be described 'chameleon' didn't so much revolutionise music as he did make it fun, open, possible. His devotion to concepts and rock lore gave legions of modern musicians the chance to give their work character and colour.
While he was doing it, he wrote some bangers. He gave us piano ditties like "Changes", from the homely masterpiece Hunky Dory. He gave us "Starman", a space rock anthem with boisterous solos and rallying calls to boogie. He gave us "Heroes", somehow plucking a politically uniting pop song out of an era in his career focused on developing beguiling ambient and electronic material (also known as the "Berlin" period). He gave us "Rebel Rebel", he gave us "Young American", and he even had a career renaissance that enjoyed maybe his greatest record, the unimpeachable Blackstar, which made an abstract myth of his own death. It may well be one of the greatest art rock records ever released, proving Bowie keen to try new things and deviate from form even in his very last days. Bowie's in space.