He's a big soft slab of pudgy yellow stuff with crazy eyes who often gets into trouble for his bad memory and his inability to get dressed properly – but that's enough about David Bowie (we crack ourselves up sometimes).
David Bowie, the man who probably casts the biggest shadow over the modern music scene and whose constant genre-pushing musical explorations across the decades have made him into a genuine legend, has finally hit the bigtime – he's been signed up to do the voice of a character called Lord Royal Highness on an episode of SpongeBob SquarePants. Maybe now David Bowie will be able to give up this whole music thing and get to do what he really loves full-time: doing funny underwater voices and getting paid for it.
David Bowie has been around for so long that he means different things to people of different generations. There are those who see David Bowie's outrageously homoerotic act of putting his arm around a boy during Starman on Top Of The Pops in 1972 as pop's high watermark, then there are the girls of a certain age (pushing 30, not really done anything with their lives) that still harbour crushes on David Bowie from his role in Labyrinth, and then there are those who remember when David Bowie did that dreadful drum and bass album that reminds them of the time when their Dad picked them up from a friend's party with a backwards baseball cap on and dancing to MC Hammer.
And now the youth of today will get their first taste of David Bowie too, when David Bowie appears in a new episode of SpongeBob SquarePants. Writing on his blog, David Bowie said:
It's happened. At last. I've hit the Holy Grail of animation gigs. Yesterday I got to be a character on…. tan-tara… SpongeBob SquarePants. Oh Yeah!! We, the family, are thrilled. Nothing else need happen this year, well, this week anyway. My character in this special longform (I think a half hour special) show is called 'Lord Royal Highness'. Alrighteee!!
That's right – David Bowie uses the word 'alrighteee'.
Being on SpongeBob SquarePants is getting to be quite an honour amongst celebrities these days – the SpongeBob SquarePants movie from a couple of years ago had one of the best soundtracks we've genuinely ever heard, featuring new material from The Flaming Lips, Motorhead and The Shins, and a brief cameo on SpongeBob SquarePants turned David Hasselhoff from being a washed-up hasbeen to a resurgent hasbeen who apparently wets himself in airports.
The SpongeBob SquarePants job marks another notch of David Bowie's acting bedpost. He'll soon be starring in the eagerly-anticipated movie The Prestige along with Christian Bale and Hugh Jackman, and he so far has the honour of being the only person in the new series of Extras to make us physically laugh. So we say good luck to David Bowie for being in SpongeBob SquarePants – anything that puts him off the idea of starring in a sitcom with Elton John is OK by us.
[story by Stuart Heritage]