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A selection of little-known facts about David Bowie, the main "chameleon" of the music business

Sadly, David Bowie passed away in 2016, but his legacy certainly lives on and thrives...

What fans didn't know about David Bowie Revealing little-known facts

David Bowie was a legendary British singer, songwriter and actor with a fifty year career! During his lifetime, he sold over 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time... Known for his ability to invent a new "character" every time through his carefully considered use of sets, costumes, and make-up, Bowie had, and to this day has an immeasurable influence ...

Sadly, David Bowie passed away in 2016, but his legacy certainly lives on and thrives… There are many of his followers and people who admire his work immensely! But… what do fans still not know about the legendary idol? Today we are here to reveal the most little-known facts about David Bowie! Let's start...

His permanently dilated pupil was the result of a childhood quarrel.

David Bowie as "Ziggy Stardust
David Bowie as "Ziggy Stardust

Contrary to popular belief, Bowie's eyes weren't different colors - just one of his pupils was permanently dilated due to the fact that he received a hard blow to the face during a fight over a girl when he was 15 years old. Childhood friend and former love rival George Underwood told The Telegraph in 2019 that he hit Bowie after he interfered with his romantic plans:

“David called me on the day of the date and said that the girl I really liked told him that she didn’t want to date me because she wanted to be with him…”

Underwood then found out that the girl was actually genuinely interested in him and that Bowie had lied to him.

“In the morning I was on the bus to school and I heard him talking about it…,” he said. “During the break, I hit him…”

The impact caused an injury that left one of Bowie's eyes permanently enlarged...

He failed music at school

David Bowie
David Bowie

Bowie received only one qualification during his tenure at Bromley Technical School. He also studied music and design, but failed both subjects. If anything, it just goes to show that grades aren't everything. Bowie may not have gotten an A on his music exams, but Rolling Stone magazine named him the greatest rock star since his death in 2016, and chances are they didn't ask for a copy of his academic record before honoring him...

His Ziggy Stardust alter ego made him 'crazy'

Spectacular David Bowie!
Spectacular David Bowie!

Bowie claimed that his alter ego Ziggy Stardust haunted him even after he stopped performing as Ziggy. The artist is quoted in Christopher Sandford's 1997 biography Bowie: Love for Aliens as saying that Ziggy "will not leave me alone for years to come":

“That was when things started to go bad… My personality was affected. It became very dangerous. I really doubted my sanity…”

A spider is named after him

Heteropoda davidbowie
Heteropoda davidbowie

Heteropoda davidbowie looks more like the legendary singer with bright orange hair, but unfortunately he is not from Mars. It was named so by the German arachnologist Peter Jaeger, who noticed the resemblance between the spider and the singer when he discovered the creature in 2008. You can find Heteropoda davidbowie Huntsman spiders in the Cameron Highlands region of Malaysia, Singapore, Sumatra and possibly southern Thailand.

He was chased by a pink rabbit

During his 2004 US tour, Bowie was followed by someone in a pink bunny suit. It seemed harmless enough until the pink rabbit followed him on one of his flights. Bowie spoke about the incident on The Ellen Show in 2004, saying:

“I thought, well, hey, this is rock and roll, this is just a five foot three bunny… and he was on a plane. I am not kidding!

The identity of the man in the rabbit costume has never been confirmed, although some believe the stalker was a Canadian woman named Isabelle Ganz.

Once he got hurt on stage with a lollipop

David Bowie
David Bowie

When Bowie was performing in Oslo, Norway in 2004, a "fan" (or "hater" as it's fashionable today) threw a lollipop at him. The wand from him hit Bowie right in the eye (yes, David Bowie's eyes are clearly the weakest spot). An assistant rushed to the stage to help the singer and make sure he wasn't seriously injured - luckily the singer was fine and was able to resume the concert shortly after the incident.

He refused a knighthood

David Bowie
David Bowie

Bowie was offered an MBE in 2000 and a knighthood in 2003, but turned down both awards. He told The Sun in 2003:

“I never intended to settle for anything like that. I seriously don't know what this is for. This is not what I have worked for all my life…”

Mick Jagger was also offered a knighthood in 2003 and accepted, leading to friction between him and bandmate Keith Richards, who felt that accepting a knighthood went against the Stones' anti-government rock and roll ideals.

“It's not for me to judge Jagger, it's his decision. But it's just not for me,” Bowie said of the matter.

He created his own ISP

In 1998, Bowie founded his own Internet Service Provider called BowieNet, which lasted until 2012. It cost £10 a month and offered users 20MB to create their own homepage. By the way: Bowie was a real visionary regarding the technological advances made at the end of the 20th century. In a 1999 interview, Bowie said of the Internet:

“I don't think we've even seen the tip of the iceberg. I think the potential for what the Internet will do for society - good and bad - is unimaginable. I think that we are actually on the verge of something incredible and frightening ... "

He was the first major artist to release a downloadable single

Bowie was extremely excited about the creation of the Internet, so it's no surprise that he jumped at the opportunity to explore ways in which he could use the Internet as an artist... In 1996, he released his single "Telling Lies" exclusively on his website, making it the first downloadable single from a major artist.

The song has been downloaded by over 300,000 people! And only two months after the online release, the single was released as a record ...

A strand of his hair sold for $19,000 in 2016

David Bowie
David Bowie

Bowie's hair was often talked about during his lifetime for its versatility and elegance - it didn't matter if Bowie was redheaded like Ziggy Stardust or with playfully flowing curls in the early 60s, his hair always looked flawless. A few months after Bowie's death, a lock of his hair, cut in 1983 by a wigmaker at Madame Tussauds in London, was put up for auction for $18,750!

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