Even a stopped clock tells the right time twice a day
I don’t actually dispute that a few of Bowie songs could be described as self indulgent or crap, (the laughing gnome sucks the root as far as I’m concerned) but same goes for every artist Lennon, Marley, Dylan all wrote stinkers. It’s part of the creative process so almost passes without comment for me.
I’m really into my music and was so fortunate to start going to gigs as a young teenager during early days of punk/new wave. Prior to that I was into Slade and Bowie.
I mind buying a cassette (Young Americans) from a strange wee 2nd hand shop opposite my school (Leithy). The tape reeked of fags and perfume which added to the vibe and I played it endlessly. For some reason his song ‘Changes’ on Hunky Dory really got its hooks into me . I still like it but when I was 14 it was the best song ever. I also mind the day soon after, when Bowie tickets arrived for the Glasgow Apollo gig in 1978. Excited beyond belief and when the gig happened and Bowie waked on stage it was unbelievable.The musical equivalent of seeing another David lifting the Scottish Cup
There was always something extra special about Bowie though. Can’t explain but to this day his music and the overall aura is the best for me Can’t stand the glass spider period though but he had to deviate into commercial pop in order to raise a few quid at that time. The fact he can even do this is pretty impressive.
Before lockdown I was in Brixton a lot. Used to walk past Bowie’s house on the way to work and always gave me a boost. I think his music and attitude will forever continue to inspire new bands and that’s the best accolade really.
Last edited by Johnny Clash; 25-04-2021 at 07:08 AM.
Music is very subjective. I liked Bowie, a lot of music is about expressing yourself and Bowie certainly did that. But each to their own. I liked most of his stuff and don't really care if other people didn't. Even my favourite artists I didnt like every track they ever produced.