Following in David Bowie’s footsteps might rank high on a list of weird things to do in New Mexico. But given the excitement around the upcoming “75 years of David Bowie” celebrations (marking the year he would have turned 75), and the January anniversaries of his birthday and the six years since he died, it seems fitting to revisit the scene of his first film role, The Man Who Fell to Earth. (It’s worth a trip, even if you’re not the biggest Bowie fan ever.)
Pump up your visit to New Mexico with some serious British glam rock vibes.
Released in 1976, The Man Who Fell to Earth is the fever–dream story of Thomas Jerome Newton, an alien who has come to Earth because his planet is experiencing a deadly drought. But his plans to export our planet’s water supply are derailed by a newfound appreciation for sex, alcohol, television and a chambermaid named Mary–Lou. With filming locations scattered across New Mexico, the state has a starring role in the movie, which makes for a diverse Bowie–themed road trip. Here’s how to infuse your visit with the spirit of one of the world’s most iconic glam–rock musicians.