David Bowie is one of the most influential artists of all time, and unlike the majority of other musicians, he cannot be described in a few words. Throughout his career, he combined pop music with numerous other music genres and art forms, thereby distinguishing himself. In a 1990 interview with Countdown (transcribed by Rock and Roll Garage), Bowie was asked if he believed he had competitors in the music industry. In response, he cited Bob Dylan and The Rolling Stones as evidence that he did not. He also criticized bands such as New Kids On The Black, whom he deemed “creations.”
When David Bowie compared him to Bob Dylan and The Stones, he was taken aback. “I’d like to say that I stay out of it, that’s what I’d like to say. I do not know if that is true or false. It was evident from the exterior. But I don’t feel that way. In the last 20 years or so, I’ve become essentially my own person. I suppose it’s quite arrogant of me to compare myself to Bob Dylan, but he doesn’t have any competition; he is simply Bob Dylan. Bob Dylan is Bob Dylan whether you like him or dislike him, whether he does good or bad work. “You do not compare him to anyone; this is not a competitive situation. I am aware that mock competitions are created between The Stones and other bands. I’ve noticed that it’s occurring in the United States. However, it is impossible to compare The Stones to any other band. And I would like to believe that I am in a similar situation. I am David Bowie, and I am either good, bad, accessible or inaccessible, obscure, or very commercial. I changed frequently. But I’m still me… no (laughs).”
David Bowie continued, “My response is negative. I do not perceive myself to be in a competition. I believe that it is extremely competitive for new artists, and they must decide if they are going to present themselves as something to take off the shelf or if they want to be a part of it. When you want to create music or use it to achieve fame. If you want to use it to gain fame, you will be shallow and it will be unnecessary. But if you’re doing it because you love music and fame follows, that’s an entirely different story.” “Today, there are bands that resemble those of the 1950s and 1960s, such as New Kids On The Block, an American band, for which the music serves as a vehicle. They cannot possibly be in love with the music they play, you know. I mean, you can’t possibly comprehend that (they say) “Oh, this is our life”; leave! They are adorable boys wearing tight jeans. David Bowie stated, “It’s all about selling to that particular market.”
Dave Bowie was not only one of the most influential artists in history, but also one of the best-selling musicians of all time, having sold an estimated 100 million records worldwide. David Byrne inducted him into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996. (Talking Heads). “The Man Who Sold the World” (1970), “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars” (1972), “Aladdin Sane” (1973), “Heroes” (1977), and “Let’s Dance” are among his most well-known albums (1983). He passed away in 2016 at age 69 due to liver cancer.
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