Bowie was a giant.

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  1. Muddslide

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    I am sure I had heard things like Space Oddity and other hits of Bowie's on the radio, but the first time I was really cognizant of him was when I was 12 or 13, likely within the first month that MTV was a thing. I was sitting in the living room with my older sister. We were doing homework with MTV on the TV in the background.

    The song/video to "Ashes To Ashes" came on and I was simply transfixed. I couldn't take my eyes or ears off it.

    My sister hated it, and hated that I loved it. She said it was "junk music." Fine, go back to listening to your Kenny Loggins and Foreigner albums. I was off to something new from that point on.

    Above all else, David Bowie taught this misfit/outcast that being different from the herd was a badge of honor and not a shameful thing.

    To this day "Scary Monsters" remains one of my favorite albums ever. It is in my Top Three greatest Bowie albums along with Hunky Dory and Low.

    Bowie released a lot of material that I'm not crazy about, but he has such amazing songs peppered throughout his discography. As much of a music obsessive as I am, I cannot imagine the musical landscape or my own life's soundtrack without his creative heart.

    I still can't believe he's gone.
     
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    I'm not sure anyone means it that way when they talk about Bowie surrounding himself with great musicians. In a lot of cases, they weren't huge household names at the time and Bowie could be said to have taken a risk with them - Rick Wakeman, Ronno, Earl Slick, Carlos Alomar, Adrian Belew, SRV...he sure knew how to choose them.

    His guitar skills are neither here nor there in the scheme of things. There is so much more that is relevant - songwriting, style, vocal ability, diversity...
     
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    ---My sister hated it, and hated that I loved it. She said it was "junk music." Fine, go back to listening to your Kenny Loggins and Foreigner albums. I was off to something new from that point on.---
    That's a funny story but i can understand very well. :):):)
    ---Bowie released a lot of material that I'm not crazy about---
    I agree, for example in my case i'm not crazy about his 80's records and also with some of the 90's and so on, but he made 26 studio albums, if you don't include Pin Ups a cover album and two with the Tin Machine and starting from Space Oddity are 22 albums and more or less 17 go from outstanding to very good to me, the rest from not bad to so and so :):), to me the balance is more than positive.
     
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    He produced Iggy’s best album ”The Idiot”.
     
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    That's correct, great album....
     
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    This is what I'm getting at.

    It's like saying Mozart was just an average flutist.
    I think he's still got a fairly respectable legacy.
     
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    Just stumbled onto this classic...

    interesting intro/version from early days.... it was like, oh thank you dave, now I get it...:)

     
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    to the very last. he still haunts my soul.
     
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    That album takes you into a very uncomfortable place. Its brilliant and courageous.
     
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    Bowie had no equal. My first time seeing him was the thin white Duke era. Earl Slick,Mike Garson,David Sanborn,Luther Vandross..... Whew what band. Slicky was unreal on that tour.
     
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    There are certain musicians that I find myself constantly drawn to because of their fearless spirit of exploration and re-invention: Dylan, Tom Waits, Miles Davis in particular. Bowie was certainly one of those. Heroes.

     
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    My first time 1F170447-EC52-4393-A60E-64D3ACF15222.jpeg
     
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    Very true, also Raw Power by the Stooges...
     
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    So true man....
     
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    I had Bowie tickets in London early 78, but as spring came I was keen to go down to Greece and get out of London after a winter working pubs.., so I sold the tickets to a friend..... I couldn't wait until June...

    summer 77 we spent surfing the Atlantic coast of Europe and only had a few tapes in the car, one was the new Station to Station lp... brings back memories when I hear it...

    the other tapes were Saddle Tramp and Santana Amigos....:)
     
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    For folks who say Bowie’s guitar skills weren’t all that... didn’t he write one of the rockinest riffs of all time? I’m talking about Rebel Rebel. I wish I would have wrote that.
     
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    Bowie used so many great guitarists. my favorite is Earl Slick. I bought that David Live album back in 1975. Slick tears it up on there.
     
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    When I was an progressive FM DJ in the late 70’s, we chose the music for our own program- only limited by the 3,000+ LP records at the station. I played his songs a whole lot over the airwaves!
     
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    Hi yes 78, Earls court, second night tickets were £10 with 'possible restricted view'.....the view was brilliant !
     
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