Space Oddity: The David Bowie Quiz


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He melded music and art in strange and wonderful ways. How much do you know about David Bowie?

Which Beach Boys song did Bowie cover?

We would have loved to hear Bowie sing "Surfin' U.S.A."

Bowie let fans vote to create the set list for a 1990 tour. Which song received the most votes?

In true Bowie fashion, he proceeded to eliminate the song from the tour.

Bowie loved the emotional life of his character Ziggy Stardust, because offstage Bowie felt like what?

Ziggy was an outlet for his complicated emotional life.

What was Bowienet?

He knew the Internet was going to be a revolution in human history.

In what year was Bowie inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?

At that point he still had a lot of music left to make.

Bowie married which supermodel in 1992?

She is known for her charitable work.

What was Bowie's first No. 1 hit in the United States?

Yet it only ascended to No. 17 on the British charts.

How many of Bowie's albums made the charts in 1973?

He was incredibly prolific throughout his career.

Who co-wrote Bowie's hit song "Fame?"

It was a topic both writers were familiar with.

Bowie has sold roughly how many albums worldwide?

His eccentric behavior didn't affect his sales.

Which scientist did Bowie portray in "The Prestige?"

The film also stars Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale.

Bowie released his 1996 song "Telling Lies" over the Internet. How many copies did he sell?

He was the first major artist to sell a song using the Internet.

Bowie provided his voice talent for which animated show?

He was giddy about landing the role.

With which musician did Bowie once share an apartment?

It was at a time when he began making versions of ambient music.

Which musician appears with Bowie on "I'm Afraid of Americans?"

Reznor considered Bowie to be a major influence on his own music.

Bowie created his electronic album "Outside" with which well-known musician?

He chose Nine Inch Nails to support him on the album's tour.

During a 2004 concert, a fan struck Bowie in the face with what?

Bowie was infuriated and had to pause the show to seek assistance.

In 1989, Bowie paused his solo career to be a part of which band?

The debut album received poor reviews but went to No. 3 on the British charts.

What was Bowie's name at birth?

He changed it to avoid confusion with Davy Jones, of The Monkees fame.

With which musician did Bowie perform "Dancing in the Street?"

The song went all the way to No. 1.

A BBC TV program once interviewed Bowie as the founder of "The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty" to what?

He could find a way to mock just about anything.

Why was Bowie's right eye permanently dilated?

One of his friends hit him in the face during an argument over a girl.

What was BowieBanc?

The concept didn't last but customers even received Bowie credit cards.

In 2004, Bowie had emergency surgery to treat what?

At first, he thought the pain was just a pinched nerve.

In how many songs did Bowie's fictional character Major Tom appear?

The songs were "Space Oddity," "Ashes to Ashes" and "Hallo Spaceboy."

What object did Bowie send to a writer from Rolling stone to thank him for an interview?

To Bowie's disappointment, customs agents intercepted the fetus.

Bowie had the same birthday as what other rock icon?

He reportedly could do a spot-on impression of Elvis, who was born 12 years earlier.

During promotion for which album did Bowie overdose on cocaine several times?

At that time his mental and physical well-being were at risk.

Why did Bowie stop performing as his alter-ego, Ziggy Stardust?

Stardust began to affect his personality in negative ways.

In the music video for "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)" Bowie is married to which actress?

The album featuring this song was offered for free online.

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