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5 times David Bowie was the world’s most hilarious blogger

When he was writing on BowieNet, all bets were off.


Audra Schroeder


Published Jan 10, 2017   Updated May 25, 2021, 5:46 am CDT

Jan. 10 marks the one-year anniversary of David Bowie‘s death, and while his absence is still tangible, we at least have BowieNet

In 1998, BowieNet, a place for fans to gather and discuss Bowie and his music—as well as float around in virtual worlds—appeared online. This was pre-social media, but it nonetheless it became a Twitter-esque place. Bowie saw the potential of the internet, comparing it to an “alien life form” in a 1999 interview. 

On the BowieNet message boards, Bowie often chimed in as Sailor. Here are some of the best musings from the board. The site only features posts from 2006 on, due to an apparent archiving fail. His alleged postings on Teenage Wildlife have been rumored as fake. 

1) A post about mime Marcel Marceau’s death: 

2) Someone inquiring if Bowie’s Myspace page is legit, and Bowie reflecting how we all feel about Myspace: 

3) A post about Bowie playing a concert for aliens: 



4) In a 2007 post about a fan wanting Bowie to do a new “era-defining” song, he once again saw the future: 


5) And here’s a wonderful “small joke”: 


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*First Published: Jan 10, 2017, 1:48 pm CST