So sang Morrisey who was copying Bowie* who returned the compliment by covering the song.
What’s gonna happen? For one thing that a good car design will be replaced by a less good one sooner or later. It would appear that the fashion for blacked out C-pillars knows no limits. The 2017 Suzuki Swift now sports one.
There are very few photos of the rear. This might because the lamps are remarkably busy and characterless at the same time. If you extract the lamp silhouette by itself it’s a poor shape, isn’t it? The area from the C-pillar down is a graphic mess. Small plastic air-flow addenda have been added too.
The Swift’s decline into a bloated non-entity passed me by in the pre-Christmas rush. Its transformation from a smart and tidy small car to this is akin to Presley’s Jumpsuit era or Marlon Brando after the Last Tango in Paris. The Nissan Z-cars also come to mind.
We must be nearing the peak prevalence of this design trope. If I have decided it is too common every other designer must be thinking so too. So who will be the last to try this design and experience the creepy feeling one gets when left standing during musical chairs.
*You can see a nice studio sequence of Bowie and Mick Ronson working on the guitar solo on Youtube. I’ve been watching various studio and rehearsal footage of Bowie and it’s interesting to see his at work. He’d make demo vocals and keep them on a Walkman for reference in the studio. To understand Ronson’s contribution you need to imagine he’s painting with sound. The album version is sung with tremendous range. The Morrisey version is not actually that good. Ronson’s guitar work is virtuoso. It was his last work with Bowie.