DPM Tharman pays tribute to David Bowie on Facebook, reveals his love for the written word

He's a fan.

Tan Xing Qi| January 11, 10:22 PM

Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam took time out of being PM Lee's right hand man, Coordinating Minister and economics badass to pay tribute to cultural icon David Bowie on Facebook today (Jan. 11).

The 69-year-old musical icon died hours earlier following a 18-month battle with cancer.

Bidding a fond farewell to the Star Man, DPM Tharman posted the lyrics to one of Bowie's greatest songs, Space Oddity, and described him as a "musical genius".

genius of a generation. David Bowie, born Jan 1947, raised in Brixton, London. Died 11 Jan 2016 from cancer....

Posted by Tharman Shanmugaratnam on Monday, 11 January 2016

He also noted that the BBC used the song when Apollo 11 landed mankind on the moon in 1969, the year this song was released.

If you find this song familiar, perhaps you remember this scene from The Secret Life of Walter Mitty:

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DPM Tharman spent his formative undergraduate years in London, graduating in 1981 – a period considered to be the peak of Bowie's musical career.

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Perhaps Bowie inspired this poem:

staircase, block 104

by Tharman Shanmugaratnam

variation of yesterday’s game.

accusing shrieks challenging


and yesterday is no pakai.

and happiness is sometimes bought.

scrambling up

children’s lives,

they too

shall learn the ways –

smother their responses, cultivate

the measure of nonchalance: they

too shall squeeze into lives

and live with it. and happiness

is often sold.

screaming past the lightning,

then smiling through a

missing tooth

in the dark turn of the staircase

Bowie is far from being a stranger to Singapore. A video of Bowie in Singapore, talking about chewing gum, riding escalators in Far East Plaza has resurfaced.

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And juxtaposing his hit song Heroes with Chinese opera.

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Rest in peace, Ziggy Stardust.


Top photo adapted from DPM Tharman Facebook page.

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