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How David Bowie ch-ch-changed music

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How David Bowie ch-ch-changed music


With hits such as Let’s Dance, Starman and Space Oddity, along with his flamboyant alter ego Ziggy Stardust, his work touched a generation of musicians. We look here at stars from across the spectrum of music who claim to have been influenced by David Bowie, what they have said about him and how they have covered his songs.

Lady Gaga

“He’s sort of like an alien prince. He still runs my universe as well, like, every morning I wake up and I think, ’What would Bowie do?’”
The Man Who Sold the World – Nirvana


“Before I saw David Bowie live I was just your normal, dysfunctional, rebellious teenager fromt the Midwest and he has truly changed my life. I’ve always had a sentimental attachment to David Bowie.”
Sound and Vision – Franz Ferdinand

Robert Smith (The Cure)

“‘Low’ was the album that had a huge impact on me, just how I saw sound. No other album has done that to me.”
Life on Mars – The Flaming Lips

Franck Black (Pixies)

“So many Bowie tracks have become an international and permanent part of the pop culture. This is a testament to not only great songwriting but beautiful recordings.”
Starman – Culture Club

Marilyn Manson

“Today there seems to be a lack of icons and rock stars in general. When I grew up there was David Bowie and Iggy Pop – people who had something to say and had quite an impact on music and society.”

Bono (U2)

“It’s not exaggerating to say what Elvis meant to America, David Bowie meant to the UK and Ireland. It was that radical a shift in consciousness.”
Ziggy Stardust – Def Leppard

Johnny Marr (The Smiths)

“David Bowie is easily the most influential and important artist to come out of the UK, for so many reasons – there are musicians who are influenced by him who don’t even realise it.”
Absolute Beginner – Carla Bruni

Tim Burgess (The Charlatans)

“One of the most out-there, groovy inspirational people ever to have graced our world.”
Five Years – Placebo

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