HOW DAVID BOWIE TRANSCENDED GENRE
I am not an expert on Bowie's music but his death made me think about how many different genres he either composed in, worked with, or inspired.
- •Wrote some of the most classic rock albums ever in the form of "The Man Who Sold the World", "Hunky Dory", and "The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust"
- •Co-wrote "Fame" with John LennonWorking with one of rock's all time great songwriters
- •Co-wrote "Under Pressure" with QueenWorking with one of the greatest rock bands and vocalist of all time
- •Had Stevie Ray Vaughan play on "Let's Dance"He heard Stevie play and invited him to play on his song which was a massive boost for Stevie's career. This shows him stepping into the world of blues music.
- •Collaborated with The Pat Metheny Group to write "This Is Not America"Collaborating with one of the all time great jazz musicians and composers. Pat did not work with many rock or pop musicians so it shows you how highly he regarded Bowie's music.
- •Sang "The Little Drummer Boy" with Bing CrosbyA very unusual combination which again shows David's versatility. Again in the jazz/vocal music arena.
- •Produced Lou Reed's hit album "Transformer" which yielded "Walk on the Wild Side"Helping out another giant of rock/alternative music.
- •Influenced Kurt Cobain and NirvanaI think it's interesting that David influence bands that sound nothing like him. Even grunge rockers like Nirvana saluted Bowie specificity with their incredible cover of "The Man Who Sold the World"
- •Influenced Madonna, Lady GaGa, and LordeThese people were massively influenced by Bowie's stage persona, his style in dressing, and his theatrics. This shows he has influence in the pop world as well.
- •Helped Nina Simone bounce her career backDavid gave a huge amount of advice and moral support to Nina and even covered one of the dogs she recorded called "Wild is the Wind."
- •Worked with some of the best young jazz musicians from NY on his last albumShows how he loved to take risks and never pigeonhole himself. (Which he never did at any point in his career)
- •During the 90s Bowie stated that he felt hip hop was the most creative genre out there at the momentI think it's awesome that he enjoyed hip hop so much!
- •There's still so much more he accomplished and more artists he influenced but I just thought I'd post some thoughts that came to mind.