David Bowie was big for a few months when I was 16 - he burst on our school scene with a moderately good album called "Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars." I bought it and have no memory of what happened to it.
None of us had seen anything like Bowie. He was clearly some androgynous pervosex weirdo (I still have my doubts about Mick Jagger). Like another moderate talent - Madonna - he spent his career reinventing himself.
After his album, he just disappeared for us, except for his hard-core fans.
Alice Cooper, on the other hand, was a different story. His album, "Love It to Death," also appeared when I was 16, and he was clearly about ten time more talented than Bowie (I now have the CD for "Love It to Death").
I smiled when I saw Wayne and Garth bowing before him, claiming, "We're not worthy!" (We played Alice Cooper at parties, but never David Bowie.)
I still think the music from the late 50's and 60's and early 70's is far superior to most of the music of today.
About 20 years ago I was walking by a van that was bouncing up and down. There were three teenage girls in the front seat listening to the Beach Boys. I smiled, since the Beach Boys were popular before the girls were born (by the way, Brian Wilson was a transcendent, although mentally ill, genius - listen to the essential "Pet Sounds" sometime).
I have CDs by Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole, so it's not like I'm trapped in the music of my teenage years. My mother had the Greatest Hits of Nat King Cole, which I never listened to until I was 21, and I thought, "Who is this guy? He's great!" (She had the .45 of "Rambling Rose," which was probably his worst song - and it didn't help she played it all the time, which to me became painful listening to it.)
I do know one guy who is still a big fan of Bowie - and he's a sex-pervert drug addict lunatic. I, on the other hand, still have Carole King's "Tapestry" CD - which was the best-selling album ever until replaced by Michael Jackson's "Thriller."
I don't understand at all why music has such a drug-like effect on people, especially teenagers (we enhanced it, of course, though marijuana). What culture does not have music and partying?