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January 11, 2016


steve epstein

changes was a great song...
It was the theme for my 9th grade graduation speech in 1975.

also Let's Dance was the key discovery for stevie ray vaughn...
even if Bowie fake guitar'd in the video

Wayne Brady

Great personal take. You must be a tad older than me (1965). I was never a Bowie fan outside his American hit singles, Loved Abba, and UK music was awesome. We Americans are it up...the whole British Invasion that started with The Beatles.

There was a lot of great American music before disco. Elvis of course. Motown (Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, The Jackson 5 to name a few). There were the Beach Boys and CCR, Simin and Garfunkle, Billy Joel, Carpenters, Carol King, Dan Fogelberg, Foreigner, Boston, America, Bread, Jim Croce. And no, these are all from memory. I'm not looking at any charts.


David Bowie was an original. May he RIP


I don't know which Yes you are talking about but Yes was a British band. Not only its members are British (I am talking about Steve Howe, Jon Anderson, Bill Bruford and Rick Wakeman, I don't know about other less important members) but their music is also very British (I am talking about albums like "Fragile", "Close to the Edge" and "Relayer", other less important albums can be safely discarded).
But you are right, British bands in general are so much better than American bands. The main difference is that British bands are trailblazers, they showed the way, they said: "This is the way" and others followed. I am talking about Beatles, Yes, Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Judas Priest, Sex Pistols, King Crimson. Of course there are a few American exceptions like Jimi Hendrix and Elvis, but even Jimi Hendrix was a completely unknown blues guitar player in USA until Chas Chandler of Animals took him to Great Britain where he became famous. So Jimi Hendrix raised to fame in Europe.
I agree that in general rock bands tend to release a few good albums and then they start being more and more commercial, softer and more disco which is a real shame. I guess when your inspiration is gone, then you play disco music. Very few bands managed to keep the quality up. David Bowie is *NOT* one of them (unlike for example Beatles, Judas Priest).
I have also boycotted David Bowie exactly because his music became too soft, too easy. I have never learned to dance and I never liked to dance and I always thought music is for listening, and when you dance, you focus on the rhythm only and you ignore the rest of the song.


I should have mentioned a few other great
British bands: Free, Ten Years After
and American bands: CCR, Janis Joplin and Stevie Ray Vaughan
But in general the great American rock bands have their roots in blues.
Note: When I mention Janis Joplin as a band I mean Big Brother and the Holding Company, Kozmic Blues Band and all that. Same for the others like SRV and The Double Trouble.

Wayne Borean


Ever seen the TV show Life on Mars? I'm talking the original BBC series, not the shoddy American knock off.

and then there is Ashes to Ashes, set about ten years later

Both of which star the 'Gene Genie' and yes, that is the correct spelling..

Wayne Borean

I went to small schools for grades 1 to 6, all of which were modified one room school houses (the largest has five classrooms, the smallest two). Grades 7 and 8 were in slightly larger schools, and then came high school. Which was huge by my standards, we had 1,300 kids!

While it was still very much a 'small town' school, the townies were far more sophisticated than we were. Most of us had no idea what a 'faggot' was. We thought it as a piece of wood.

So when I said I liked David Bowie, I was told I was a faggot. I was really puzzled. Why did they think I was a piece of wood?

Yes, Canada in the early seventies was wildly homophobic. It took me a while to live that down, though the drooling I did whenever a pretty girl in a mini-skirt walked by convinced them.

Wayne Borean

Last comment, I promise.

Bowie was one of the greatest artists of the late 20th Century. As a big fan of NASA and the space effort, his Space series really caught my attention. The man was a fantastic song writer and performer.

It's too bad he went so young.

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