1. We are opening at an airport. A distant, glamorous, otherworldly figure descends from a plane and sets foot in a new land of optimistic opportunity. As his thinking bursts into several different versions of himself, this wandering spirit – this starman – is finally ready to show up in America. Who is he? It is …
2. Oh, it’s Noel Fielding doing a weird Eddie Izzard impersonation after some misguided dye job en route to the world’s fourth most successful Kasabian cosplay convention. But for the sake of the movie, let’s say it’s David Bowie.
3. Despite his outward confidence, it is a troubled time for Bowie. None of his singles performed well, and it looks like his music career is over. That’s why he looks so distressed here. Either that or he just realized that this whole movie somehow has to work without using any actual David Bowie music.
4. Nevertheless, help is at hand. This is Marc Maron, playing the only man in America who believes in David Bowie. Together, they will set off on a road trip across an entire continent that will make or defend Bowie’s dreams.
5. But things are not going well. Here he is, playing one of his songs in front of a small and indifferent audience. The film appears to be a dramatization of Bowie’s life in the days of The Man Who Sold the World. However, keep in mind that Stardust failed to acquire the rights to any of Bowie’s actual songs, so here we can assume he’s performing an issue called The Chap Who Flogged the Earth.
6. However, Bowie’s career is still not where he wants it to be. He has to make a choice. He can either continue to sell his wares as is or make a bold decision that could send him into the stratosphere or end his dreams forever. Which one will he choose? Who knows, but here’s a photo of him at a real crossroads for some reason.
7. Reader, he chose the latter. Bowie cut his hair and gained a whole new personality that he will use to take on the world. Her name? Ziggy Stardust. His name in this movie? Probably Zaggy Moonrocks or something, I don’t know.
8.In America, Bowie taps into the counterculture like never before, swapping his old hippy-dippy image for something more aligned with this band’s surly and slamming worldview, The Velveteen Overground, seen here performing their song. no copyright I ‘m Loitering for the Fellow.
9. And this inspiration leads David Bowie to fully inhabit Zaggy Moonrocks. From there, it’s a straight shot to stardom. After all, what audience could possibly resist the lure of his new legally distinct Bowie catalog songs such as Four and a Half Years, Skiffle Euthanasia or Suffragist Village? David Bowie has arrived, sort of.