In his album The rise and fall of Ziggy Stardust and the spiders of Mars, David Bowie copied part of a Beatles song Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Group. During an interview, Bowie said John Lennon did one thing better than anyone. Bowie explained why he drew inspiration from other artists.
David Bowie said Beatles’ John Lennon could do 1 thing better than anyone
From the book Bowie on Bowie: Interviews and Meetings with David Bowie, the “Let’s Dance” singer spoke about his take on John. âThe only thing I really loved about Lennon’s writing was his use of the pun, which was extremely good,â Bowie said. “I don’t think anyone has ever improved Lennon’s use of the pun.”
Bowie discussed the difference between the way he used puns and John’s way of using puns. âI didn’t play there anymore; Lennon would throw it in one row, âBowie added. âI tend to build a song on it. I take my puns a lot more seriously.
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David Bowie copied backing vocals from ‘Lovely Rita’ for his song ‘Ziggy Stardust’ ‘Star’
The book The New Complete Edition of David Bowie: Expanded and Updated reports that Bowie drew the influence of the Beatles into his own work. Bowie admitted to copying backing vocals from Sgt. Pepper song “Lovely Rita” for the track “Star” by The rise and fall of Ziggy Stardust and the spiders of Mars.
According to Bowie on Bowie, the singer of “China Girl” explained why he was inspired by other artists. I have to interact with other writers because I’ve always been a fan, âhe said. “If I weren’t a fan, I would probably be a lot more individual – the other kind of individuality where it’s very, very ingrained in me.”
Bowie explained that his relationship with society is tied to his relationship with music. “Because I am very involved in society at my level, I have to use the tools with which the current society was created, musically,” he revealed. âThat’s why, I get inspired – and I use – and I’m intrigued by – other writers and their music. “
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The way the world reacted to David Bowie’s ‘Sgt. Pepper’ and ‘Ziggy Stardust’
Neither “Lovely Rita” nor “Star” was released as a single. Both songs have appeared on classic albums. Sgt. Pepper became a huge success. He spent 233 weeks on the Billboard 200. He was at the top of the charts for 15 of those weeks.
During this time, The rise and fall of Ziggy Stardust and the spiders of Mars was considerably less popular in the United States. The album reached No. 21 on the Billboard 200. It lasted 88 weeks on the charts. Whatever their graphic performance, Sgt. Pepper and The rise and fall of Ziggy Stardust and the spiders of Mars remain two of the most famous rock albums of all time.
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