10 alternative artists inspired by the legacy of David Bowie

Nothing has been right since david bowie died on January 10, 2016. The rise of Trumpism? COVID-19[FEMININE?[FEMININE?The Big Bang Theory out of thin air? Would any of these things have happened if Bowie was still walking the Earth? We probably will. But his new records would have acted as a buffer, even if those crappy elements remained intolerable.

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For young people in the 70s/80s/90s/00s, Bowie was a beacon that all was well. Nope, you weren’t the weirdest—they or they were! Whether “they” were your parents, peers, or authority figures, his ever-changing personality and music was the warmth and solace every misfit needed. They were your armor when you ventured out, a little scared, a little messy, definitely clumsy. Consider that “Changes” lyric: “And those kids you spit on / As they try to change their world / Are immune to your consultations / They’re fully aware of what they’re going through. He was your cool, quirky uncle with a wink and a smile, hugging your shoulder, saying you were special, that the world was wrong. Being different is a quality to be Dearnot punished. What if those people couldn’t appreciate how special you were? They didn’t need to be in your life anyway.

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The musical world owes him a lot, not just the artists he directly served as a patron –Iggy Pop, Lou Reed, Mott the Hoople. Would have MadonnaWhere Lady GagaWould ever-changing identities/sounds be possible without him? Madonna repaid her debt in accepting his nomination to the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in 1996 for himwhile Gaga played a six-minute Bowie medley at the 2016 Grammy Awards. Boy George acknowledged the Bowie effect in the 2016 BBC documentary Boy George’s 1970s: Save Me From the Suburbs. So much punk and alternative music is impossible without his influence and innovation. Please contemplate these 10 spiritual children of david bowie.

sex guns

“Bowie was good for a while, but you couldn’t really get into it,” sex guns singer rotten johnny sniffed with typical counter-arism on July 16, 1977while he was a guest DJ on Capital Radio’s Tommy Vance Show. Of course, he said it on the first chords of “Rebel Rebel”. But didn’t those orange vomit spikes look eerily similar Ziggy Stardust‘s earlier stubble mule? Didn’t he sing a microphone Steve Jones stole Ziggy’s farewell concert? And Jonesy clearly had to Johnny Thunders guitar-wise, but those roaring power chords were laced with the classic tone of a Bowie guitarist. “If I have ‘heroes,'” he told Alternative Press in 1989, “it’s Mick Ronson…”


Much early LA Punk rockers received their musical education at English Disco, set designer/DJ Rodney Bingenheimeris the glamorous palace. Bowie invested in the club, where Bingenheimer spun all the latest British rigs. Consequently, Ziggy’s stardust was sprinkled on most of Hollywood’s early pogo action. 80 years OC punk deity Mike Ness talked about The Bowie Effectvisible in some of the first Social distortion‘s glam trappings. But no Tinsel Town rebel adored Bowie more than the germs. The Definitive History of LA Punk by Marc Spitz and Brendan Mullen We have the neutron bomb indicated that his name topped all of Germs’ guest lists. Darby Crash suggested Bowie produce their only LP, (IM). (Bowie’s sidekick Joan Jett did the honors, instead.) They even recorded a sloppy cover of Bowie’s sloppy cover of chuck berryit is “Around and around.” Finally, the guitarist pat smear reinforced Nirvanait is nice cover version of “The man who sold the world.”

division of joy

UK punk and post punk is littered with Bowie’s henchmen. Gary NumanBowie’s robotic music and stage persona are totally indebted to Bowie’s Berlin period. Adam and the ants stormed the UK pop charts as the Spiders from Mars backed by jungle drums, until Marco Pirroniis a very Ronson guitar. But division of joy? Bowie was still nibbling at their edges. They were originally called Warsawin honor of Down Track “Warsaw”. The sense of heavy drama and the experimental side? Pure Bowie. And Ian Curtis listened to Bowie produced by Iggy Pop The idiotthe tragic last night of his life.


Goth totally exists in Ziggy Stardust‘s, even as the genre reimagines the story of the alien rock star as filmed by Hammer Film Productions. What is the dread-soaked pop guitar, soiled makeup and puffy haircuts of Siouxsie An/a Jhe banshee and the treatment without Bowie? Or the whole career of Christian deathis that rozz williams? But Bauhaus? They are practically a tribute to death-punk Bowie! Your Punk Professor wrote in March that Peter Murphy sang “like he swallowed Ziggy Stardust’s corpse whole.” They paid direct tribute, following a roaring rendition of “Ziggy Stardust” for a John Peel session. Even The Great Man recognized his DNA: the Bauhaus played memorably “Bela Lugosi is dead” in the opening credits of the vampire film starring Bowie in 1983, Hunger.

The Smiths

“David Bowie is by far the most influential and important artist to come out of the UK, for many reasons”, Blacksmiths guitarist Johnny Marr written in a NME guest blog May 2, 2012. “There are musicians who are influenced by him and don’t even realize it. Presumably, the man who co-wrote cold standards such as “That Lovely Man” is conscious. Now think of the preciousness, the literacy and the Morrisseytheatricality and alternative sexuality. Moz even hired Ronson to produce his most famous solo album, Your arsenal. Bowie himself kissed Moz, playing J. Rexit is “Cosmic Dancer” on stage with him in 1991, recently released as a singleand covering “I know it will happen one day” on the cover album White Noise Black Tie. The relationship would later become rocky.


Fast forward to the 90s: big chunks of brit pop were unthinkable without Bowie. Think of his “British veddy, veddy singing” – few British rockers sang in their native inflection before him. now consider PulpJarvis Cocker next to Bowie’s Thin White Duke phase. What would you say Placebo Did Ziggy Stardust ever exist? But no Britpoppers owed Bowie more than the group that was to be legally known in America as the deer of london. singer Brett Anderson, a walking quote machine, told the press in 1993, “I see myself as a bisexual man who has never had a homosexual experience.” Doesn’t this remarkably echo Bowie “I’m gay, and always have been, even when I was David Jones” delivered in the January 22, 1972, issue of melody maker? Now listen to the tunes: “Animal Nitrates”, “Trash can,” “The Savages.” The great drama; the epic and driving choirs; the anthemic melodies – it’s Bowie to a T. The NME recognized him immediately and asked the writer Steve Sutherland organizes a summitphotographed by Anton Corbijn, for his March 20, 1993 cover.

Scott Weiland

Clip “Barberella”:
“Barbarella” show by Late Night with David Letterman:

Same grungy, always dressy and austere, had some Bowie in his DNA. How could it not, as 70s inspired as it was? Think about the pre-Mudhoney/pearl jam outfit green river glanders “female dog Queen” or that famous Nirvana rendition of “The Man Who Sold the World.” But no fuzz-and-flannel-era rocker oozed more Bowie-ness than Stone Temple Drivers singer Scott Weiland. Pipe cleaner thin and blazing as a neon-rimmed $5,000 bill on stage, he displayed his hero’s influence on his brilliant 1998 art-glam solo record. 12 blue measures. Filled with songs as grand, off-center and offbeat as “Despair #5” and “Barberelle” its atmosphere perfectly blended Spiders From Mars with the high-tech austerity of Bowie’s Berlin records. (The video for that last bit, seen above, also looked like a five-minute remake of Bowie’s film. The man who fell to earth.) Hardly any copies sold, which is a shame. It’s a little masterpiece.

Nine inch nails

Then there is the effect of man on industrial rock, during its transition into the mainstream of the 90s. Naturally, the hang on Bowie’s German work with Brian Eno seduces musicians favoring abrasive electronics. But who would have known that glamor would also be an element? The most direct link was Nine inch nails opening of Bowie’s tour in 1995. Trent Reznor closed each set by singing a few duets with Bowie, continuing his headlining set.

My Chemical Romance

And 2000s punk had Bowie’s fingerprints all over it. Fall out Boyit is patrick strain spoke to Alternative Press about his fondness for Bowie when he died and made it concrete by covering “Life on Mars?” for a BBC Radio 1 session. But no band of the time wore their Bowieness on their sleeve more than My Chemical Romance. Like Stump, Chief Gerard Road discovered the man in his childhood via his 1986 film tour Labyrinth. But if he hadn’t told us himself, we would have known until 2006 The black parade—provisional title: The rise and fall of my chemical romance. (Hmmm…Gerry played guitar…) Or we could just look at this MCR/Used collaborationdo it again Bowie with Queen’s masterpiece “Under Pressure”.


Hip-hop/punk hybrid YUNGBLUD had only to walk on stage before to conjure up a young Bowie – the spiky, multi-colored hair, the face full of make-up, the theatricality on stage. But then he released his new album, weird! at the end of last year, with a track called “March,” based on the Hunky-dory Track “Life on Mars?” And as if Bowie’s influence wasn’t obvious enough, Dom Harrison faithfully interpreted “Life on Mars?” on January 8, which would have been Bowie’s 74th birthday, during the live tribute concert A Bowie Celebration: Just for a Day. With a backing band of several former Bowie bands, including pianist Mike Garson and guitarist Earl Slick, NASA released YUNGBLUD coverage when the Perseverance rover touched down on Martian soil on February 18.

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