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August 28th, 2013 12:01 am MATTHEW SINGER | Headout

Headout: The Thin White Duke Vs. The Thin White Girl

Determining the future mojo of the Moda center.

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In 1995, the Rose Garden celebrated its opening with an inaugural concert by David Bowie, with Nine Inch Nails opening. Over the next 18 years, the arena enjoyed many more high-profile concerts, NCAA basketball games, bull-riding contests, several Disney on Ice shows and zero Blazers championships. 

Earlier this month, the Rose Garden changed its name to the Moda Center. Friday’s sold-out Taylor Swift concert is the Moda’s first show.

What does that mean for the stadium’s future? To determine who’s got the better mojo, we decided to do a side-by-side comparison of the Thin White Duke and the Alarmingly Thin White Girl. Based on the implication of these results, all we can say is: Enjoy the dynasty, Blazers fans!

Formative Musical Experience

Swift: Opening for Charlie Daniels at age 11.

Bowie: Playing ukulele in a skiffle group.

Winner: Swift.

Best Album

Swift: Fearless.

Bowie: A tossup between Space Oddity, The Man Who Sold the World, Hunky Dory, Ziggy Stardust, Young Americans, and Scary Monsters.

Winner: Swift.

First Boyfriend

Swift: Joe Jonas

Bowie: Mick Jagger

Winner: Bowie.

Questionable Actions

Swift: Dating John Mayer.

Bowie: Making pro-fascist statements during the Station to Station tour.

Winner: Swift.

Arch Enemy

Swift: Ex-boyfriend Harry Styles of One Direction.

Bowie: Fellow ’70s glam-rocker Marc Bolan.

Winner: Bowie.

Notable Acting Role

Swift: A ditzy Valley girl in Valentine’s Day.

Bowie: A somehow even more eccentric Andy Warhol in Basquiat. 

Winner: Bowie.

Alter Ego

Swift: T-Swizzle, who played with T-Pain for one night.

Bowie: Ziggy Stardust, who played guiiiiitarrrrrrr.

Winner: Swift. 

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