FOB frontman and David Bowie superfan Patrick Stump shared his thoughts on the legend with Alt Press this week in a lovely essay full of memories.
As a kid, I was familiar with him from the movie Labyrinth and his bigger pop hits like “Modern Love” and “China Girl.” He was always there, but the first time I noticed him— like, really noticed him—I was in the car with my dad driving through Chicago. We were listening to this station called WXRT and they played “Sound And Vision” from Bowie’s 1977 album, Low. It was so weird, so different from anything I’d heard, including anything I’d heard by him. I’m sitting there listening and I said to my dad, “Oooh, I like this” and I turned it up. But then I got really self-conscious. I knew the song was weird so I wasn’t sure if that meant it was “uncool.” So now I’m like, “Hmm, I don’t know…” And my dad’s like, “It’s totally cool to like David Bowie.”Patrick Stump, Alt Press
Patrick clearly took some influence from his Let's Dance-era on his solo record, Soul Punk, and he has previously covered "Life On Mars" for BBC radio.
His death makes me want to really openly embrace the people who created the things I like even more. Let’s celebrate Paul McCartney. George Lucas! I love you! I’m so sorry that we were angry about the Star Wars prequels. Thank you for everything. As Warren Zevon said, “Life’ll Kill Ya.” We will all die someday. But I would imagine this is what it felt like when Mozart or Picasso died. For the fans, like me, it’s an honor to have lived at the same time as David Bowie.Patrick Stump, Alt Press
You can read the full piece over at Alt Press here.
Rest in peace David.