History YMMV / DavidBowie

10th Apr '17 12:55:59 PM thelivingtoad
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10th Apr '17 12:53:52 PM thelivingtoad
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** Post-Tin Machine era (1993-2016): His output after TM was dotted with studio albums that small but vocal chunks of the fandom regard as Dork Ages. The albums with the most support for DorkAge were ''Black Tie White Noise'' (electronic lounge pop, some numbers doubling as [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments dedications]] to his then-new wife Iman but at the expense of a very dated early-'90s record) and'' 'Music/{{Hours}}...' ''(softer, more introspective fare, that suffered heavily from late-'90s production and prompted the aforementioned Reeves Gabrels, to leave). This leaves seven other albums that have either [[VindicatedByHistory fared better with passing time]] or were critically popular upon release, as well as consistently well received tours. Speaking of tours...

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** Post-Tin Machine Machine, Pre-retirement era (1993-2016): (1993-2003): His output after TM was dotted with studio albums that small but vocal chunks of the fandom regard as Dork Ages. The albums with the most support for DorkAge were ''Black Tie White Noise'' (electronic lounge pop, some numbers doubling as [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments dedications]] to his then-new wife Iman but at the expense of a very dated early-'90s record) and'' 'Music/{{Hours}}...' ''(softer, more introspective fare, that suffered heavily from late-'90s production and prompted the aforementioned Reeves Gabrels, to leave). This leaves seven other albums that have either [[VindicatedByHistory fared better with passing time]] or were critically popular upon release, as well as consistently well received tours. Speaking of tours...
8th Mar '17 3:27:08 PM Doc_Loki
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* EpicRiff: Many. "Rebel Rebel" is an excellent example.

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* EpicRiff: Many. "Rebel Rebel" is an excellent example.and "Panic in Detroit" are standout examples.
2nd Mar '17 10:20:37 AM mlsmithca
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* [[SugarWiki/SoCoolItsAwesome So Cool It's Awesome]]: In particular, ''Music/TheRiseAndFallOfZiggyStardustAndTheSpidersFromMars'' is often considered one of the best albums of all time.
13th Feb '17 3:48:47 AM MHMhasf1998
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** Only one competitive UsefulNotes/GrammyAward win (1985) and a Lifetime Achievement Award (2006) that wasn't televised, since a lot of those are given out each year. The snubbing is partially due to his not actually being nominated for his music until 1984 (his first Grammy nomination was for Best Children's Album in 1979, for his ''Music/PeterAndTheWolf'' narration), and ''Music/LetsDance'' had the bad luck of competing against Music/MichaelJackson's ''Music/{{Thriller}}''.

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** Only one competitive UsefulNotes/GrammyAward win (1985) and a Lifetime Achievement Award (2006) that wasn't televised, since a lot of those are given out each year. The snubbing is partially due to his not actually being nominated for his music until 1984 (his first Grammy nomination was for Best Children's Album in 1979, for his ''Music/PeterAndTheWolf'' narration), and ''Music/LetsDance'' had the bad luck of competing against Music/MichaelJackson's ''Music/{{Thriller}}''. Averted in 2017, where he posthumously clean sweeped for his last album ''Music/{{Blackstar}}'', winning all 5 Grammys that he was nominated for.
8th Dec '16 3:09:42 PM Pren
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** After 2016 ended up stuffed full of huge political crises and beloved celebrity deaths to a quite insane degree, some fans started citing Bowie's death early in the year as proof that his very existence had been holding the entire world together.
4th Nov '16 4:28:41 PM crazysamaritan
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* ArchivePanic: Bad enough he recorded so many albums and guest spots, and made so many music videos and concert films...but there's a whole ''filmography'' to explore too. Wiki/TVTropes made a special Franchise.DavidBowie page to help you out.

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* ArchivePanic: Bad enough he recorded so many albums and guest spots, and made so many music videos and concert films...but there's a whole ''filmography'' to explore too. Wiki/TVTropes made a special Franchise.Creator.DavidBowie page to help you out.
8th Aug '16 5:07:01 PM DavidDelony
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* AuthorsSavingThrow: Bowie expressed regret for his comments in interviews during the [[Music/StationToStation Thin White Duke]] era, during which he occasionally expressed sympathy with fascism (due, it's generally accepted, to getting LostInCharacter as the Duke, who actually was a fascist). After this point, on the rare occasions when he would express political themes in his work, they often tended to be anti-fascist, anti-racist, or otherwise anti-authoritarian. Good examples are the videos for "China Girl" and "Let's Dance", as well as much of the content of ''Tin Machine''. The line "To be insulted by these fascists is so degrading" from ''Music/ScaryMonstersAndSuperCreeps'' is also generally considered to be an apology for this period. (It may be worth pointing out that some of Bowie's pre-Duke material also had anti-authoritarian themes, most notably ''Music/DiamondDogs'', which started out life as a musical adaptation of Creator/GeorgeOrwell's ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'', and still had several songs referencing the book even after Orwell's estate refused him the permission to use the work).

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* AuthorsSavingThrow: Bowie expressed regret for his comments in interviews during the [[Music/StationToStation Thin White Duke]] era, during which he occasionally expressed sympathy with fascism (due, it's generally accepted, to getting LostInCharacter as the Duke, who actually was a fascist). After this point, on the rare occasions when he would express political themes in his work, they often tended to be anti-fascist, anti-racist, or otherwise anti-authoritarian. Good examples are the videos for "China Girl" and "Let's Dance", as well as much of the content of ''Tin Machine''. He also called out Creator/{{MTV}} for not playing black artists in the early days. The line "To be insulted by these fascists is so degrading" from ''Music/ScaryMonstersAndSuperCreeps'' is also generally considered to be an apology for this period. (It may be worth pointing out that some of Bowie's pre-Duke material also had anti-authoritarian themes, most notably ''Music/DiamondDogs'', which started out life as a musical adaptation of Creator/GeorgeOrwell's ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'', and still had several songs referencing the book even after Orwell's estate refused him the permission to use the work).
7th Aug '16 4:11:26 AM YoKab
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* AmericansHateTingle: Along with many other GlamRock acts, Bowie had a tough time cracking the American market until "Fame" in 1975. ''Music/LetsDance'' made him a superstar, but a series of bad artistic decisions caused his popularity to dwindle to a cult following in the U.S. until his death in 2016, where he was again [[DeadArtistsAreBetter a posthumous superstar]].

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* AmericansHateTingle: Along with many other GlamRock acts, Bowie had a tough time cracking the American market until "Fame" in 1975. ''Music/LetsDance'' made him a superstar, but a series of bad artistic decisions caused his popularity to dwindle to a cult following in the U.S. until his death ''Music/{{Heathen}}'', and in 2016, 2016 where he was again [[DeadArtistsAreBetter a posthumous superstar]].
7th May '16 7:59:35 PM bowserbros
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* SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped: "I'm Afraid of Americans" is one big sardonic callout towards the prevalence of gun violence, poverty, and overall degeneracy in American society. Granted, it's not as harsh towards America as [[Music/BruceSpringsteen "Born in the USA"]], but the message is still pretty powerful, [[ValuesResonance particularly in recent years]].
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