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David Bowie died four years ago today (January 10), and since his passing, we know now more than ever that there was no other artist like him, and there likely will never be one quite like him ever again.  These five moments prove that.

 

5. He could have a laugh and not take himself too seriously.

Make no mistake that Bowie was an artist’s artist, but the man was funny, too.  Just look at this compilation of moments he had with Conan O’Brien for proof.

Conan Remembers David Bowie - CONAN on TBS

CONAN Highlight: The Thin White Duke was a frequent guest on "Late Night" and Conan picks some of his favorite moments. More CONAN @ http://teamcoco.com/vide...

 

4. He’s half responsible for the best rendition of a Christmas classic

So many artists have covered Christmas classics, but few are responsible for the best renditions.  Think about it:  Is it really Christmas without listening to Bowie and Bing Crosby’s version of “The Little Drummer Boy (Peace On Earth)?”  The answer you’re looking for is “No.”

Bing Crosby & David Bowie - "The Little Drummer Boy (Peace On Earth)"

from "Bing Crosby's Merrie Olde Christmas" Bing passed away before this could aire on television. Initial release is November 30, 1977.

 

3. He had the foresight of what the Internet would do to/for society

This clip from BBC Newsnight from 1999 of Bowie talking about the Internet is so spot-on, it’s chilling.

 

2. He wasn’t afraid to take on MTV

Bowie had a bone to pick with MTV in a 1983 interview and rightfully so.  In a video that was released by MTV shortly after his death, Bowie bluntly asks VJ Mark Goodman why there were so few black artists played on the network.  Bowie didn’t just bite one of the hands that fed him; he pretty much gnawed it off and spit it out.

David Bowie Criticizes MTV for Not Playing Videos by Black Artists | MTV News

David Bowie has some questions and criticisms about MTV's lack of videos featuring black artists in this 1983 interview with Mark Goodman.

 

1. He said goodbye in epic fashion

No one knew it until it was too late, but Bowie’s final studio album Blackstar was his way of saying goodbye to all of his fans.  It was devastating and ridiculously cool all at the same time.  Blackstar would debut at number one on the Billboard 200 album chart.  It was his first number one album ever on the chart.  What a way to go out.

David Bowie - Lazarus (Official Video)

"'Lazarus" off David Bowie's album Blackstar available now on iTunes: http://smarturl.it/blackstar_itunes Amazon: http://smarturl.it/blackstar_amazon Spotify: http://smarturl.it/blackstar_spotify Vinyl: http://smarturl.it/blackstar_vinyl Follow David Bowie: http://davidbowie.com http://facebook.com/davidbowie http://twitter.com/davidbowiereal http://instagram/davidbowie #DavidBowie #Lazarus #Vevo

 

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Erica Banas is rock/classic rock news blogger who's well versed in etiquette and extraordinarily nice.