Jan. 8 is my favorite rock-star birthday. Both The King
and the Thin White Duke
entered the world this day (Bowie turns 64, Elvis would be 76), and each re-defined what a popular musician could and should be. Plus, they both looked great in shiny jump suits and dyed hair. The two even shared RCA as a record label for a few years in the 1970s.
So what is the best way to celebrate these two musical geniuses? Unfortunately, Elvis is no longer with us, and Bowie won't be performing in OC any time soon. We suggest the following: listening to classic tunes by the pair (anything from Elvis' The Sun Sessions
or From Elvis in Memphis
, or The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars
or Diamond Dogs
from Bowie would work), curling your lip suggestively, wearing crazy makeup and platform shoes, or making a bunch of fried peanut-butter-and-banana sandwiches.