The loss of rock icon David Bowie is felt not only by those fortunate enough to know him, but also by untold masses who have been affected by his art for nearly 50 years.
In a strange coincidence, SPINOFF was scheduled to speak today with two Bowie fans whose appreciation runs so deep they folded him into the rich mythos of their genre-bending animated series, “The Venture Bros.” There, Bowie’s songs inspired the creation of Major Tom, as well as the doomed pilot’s final words. But most notably, Bowie himself became a character on the show as the favored form of the shape-shifting supervillain The Sovereign.
We’ll bring you the full interview with Jackson Publick and Doc Hammer closer to the premiere of Season 6, but today we wanted to present their eloquent thoughts on Bowie.
SPINOFF: Today the world learned that David Bowie has passed. Would you two care to share your reactions to that?
Jackson Publick: Sadness. Doc is more eloquent about it than I am. I’m just sad and I feel stupid saying anything about David Bowie, because nothing I’ll ever do can touch him.
Doc Hammer: I guess the one thing that I’ve been pacifying myself with is that there is a living version of Bowie that we can’t touch. You know what I mean?
Doc Hammer: He’s more than a human being; he’s this thing that we’ve all had since childhood. None of us got to call him up and have lunch with him and stuff. And that hasn’t changed. That will never change. The music and what he did to style and our hearts is untouchable. There’s so much of David Bowie that lives in us that never goes away. I think his influence that is immortality. He lives in anybody who has a fucking idea about culture. At least we have that, and we always have that. He gave that to all of us.
So, no he won’t be adding to that anymore. But I am forever filled with so much Bowie that — I’m honestly stymied. I’ve been stymied since I found out. I just don’t know what to do with the information. And I’ve been fully aware of it that we’re not always going to live in a world with Bowie. It was kind of obvious that he wasn’t doing well for a long time, but it’s stymieing. Losing Leonard Nimoy and David Bowie were huge events in my life. It really is that kind of loss of the father that I chose. You know? These people raised me. I would be a different person without them being in the world. So, it’s hard. It’s hard. But I can pacify myself knowing that what he’s done is there. He will be affecting lives of people who have never heard his name, will eventually learn his name and have their lives changed by David Bowie. Still.
Thank you. I appreciate you sharing that because it’s been a weird day for a large portion of the world, just taking in that information. I agree with you. It doesn’t feel real yet.
Doc Hammer: I don’t know if it will ever feel real because his influence is so much larger than we could understand. Like, I’m saying, some 14-year-old next year is going to find out about David Bowie, and his world is going to change just like ours did. And we never got to sit with David Bowie and have him as a man affect our lives. We just had his deeds and the promise of Bowie.
Jackson Publick: He’s also so much bigger than life that he’s bigger than death, you know?
Yeah. I completely agree. I said today, “How do we grieve for the immortal?” He feels grander than that.
Jackson Publick: Yeah.
Doc Hammer: Yeah. He’ll be affecting us for a very long time to come. He’s part of the pantheon, you know? Ultimately, I feel bad for his kids and Iman, and the people who knew him, and had the luck to have them touch their personal lives. I didn’t have that luck. I just had–what he did affected me deeply. And that’s still out there. That’s still affecting me and it always will.
“The Venture Bros.” Season 6 premieres Sunday, Jan. 31, at midnight ET/PT on Adult Swim.