A Journey Through the 12 Ages of David Bowie

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The Outsider

The mid to late ’90s found Bowie embracing his outsider status and undergoing a remarkable, if largely overlooked, creative renaissance. Outside was a weirdly conceptual, industrial-inspired work that still makes for rather discomfiting listening, while Earthling, made two years later, involved an unexpected and surprisingly successful expedition into drum ‘n’ bass. Both were accompanied by an evolving image that found its fullest expression on the cover of Earthling — goatee, spiky hair, crazy Union Jack jacket.