This weekend I was visiting my parents and we somehow ended up watching Behind the Music about Weird Al. After it was over, I had to go and make sure The Weird Al Show wasn’t some sort of weird fever dream I’d had, because Behind the Music didn’t mention it at all. Fortunately the internet was able to comfort me that I wasn’t imagining things. Sadly, I found out Netflix doesn’t have the whole series on DVD (strangely, just DVDs 2 and 3, but not the first one). Does anybody else remember watching it.
Secondly, I read an article about Blackstar being Bowie’s first Billboard #1 hit. I had to crack up at the number of comments complaining about how terrible it was that people had only started listening to him now that he was dead, and general complaining about bandwagon fans. I had to laugh at all these people in their early 20's (the article was on Facebook, so I could look at the profile of some of the people leaving comments) acting like David Bowie was some small time indie musician instead of one of the most popular musicians in the world of the last 40 years. I’m sure his death increased awareness of the album, but it was probably mostly mourning fans listening to it, not “new” fans. And, like my mom and I were discussing, it doesn’t surprise us that some of his others didn’t reach #1, just because he has had so many personas. Her favorite was Ziggy Stardust, but didn’t like some of his other stuff. My favorite is The Thin White Duke; I like some of his other stuff, and there are albums I don’t like as much. I know many other people are the same...and that affects sales.