There is something so understandable about glam. Escape from the mundane and launch yourself out into a new romantic vision of yourself and the world. Punk rock had that feeling of transformation in it as well. The art of taking life into your own hands and making it of it what you will.
For most of my life Bowie was a bit of an enigma to me. I started listening to him early on. Rock radio made him a staple and his hook ladden tunes just stuck in your head nicely. For years though I didn't completely get "it." The transgender shock and weird hair didn't make much of an impression on someone who grew up in the 80s. Everyone was fey then, and Bowie seemed a bit like an older uncle that used to be cool but somehow faded in relevence.
What is amazing now is how damn solid those early records were. Hunky Dory is like a totally enclosed world with its own ecosystem, as is Ziggy. He is the original master of reinvention and he not only did it, but did it well. I have an older friend that swears she thought that Bowie really was an alien in the 70s. How is that for glamorous?
David Bowie - Moonage Daydream