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David Bowie Overrated?

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Were the Beatles overrated? The Stones? The Who? David Bowie?

While I can’t stand listening to more than a few Stones songs, thing the Who were uneven at best, and think that David Bowie is well past his sell-by date, I wouldn’t say that any of the above are overrated. See, there’s a difference between being overrated and being disliked by me–the difference is that, in some situations, you could still see the artistic value whether you enjoy the work or not.

You could easily make the case that all of those artists were extremely influential in their field whether you like the music or not.

Again, one thing that I want to return to is the idea that you can dislike the music without thinking that the artist is overrated. I’m not a fan of I.M. Pei, for instance, and happen to think that his designs are violate what is best about architecture, but I would never say the man is overrated. His designs are wildly influential in the field of architecture.

As for me, I prefer Mies Van Der Rohe and Frank Lloyd Wright.

Does my personal dislike of Pei’s style make him overrated? No. (Michael Graves, on the other hand, can’t be forgiven for the abomination that is the Denver Public Library.)

See, in my world there are three basic classifications of art (it’s a simplified world view, I know):

  1. Art that I like that is good. (Screaming Trees)
  2. Art that I don’t like that is good. (Rolling Stones)
  3. Crap. (New Kids on the Block)

If I were feeling honest, I would also note the existence of a fourth category: Crap that I (a-ha and OMD). I’m not feeling honest right now, so we’ll just pretend that the fourth category doesn’t exist.

That’s why I would tell Mark (aside from the fact that I really like Bowie’s pre-90’s work) that, no, David Bowie isn’t overrated.

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  • I agree with your points and regarding David Bowie, it’s true he hasn’t turned in awe inspiring work for the last…20 years, but he satisfies himself and doesn’t resort to the ‘ole ‘Greatest hits’ tours. His 70’s work was always truly original – Hunky Dory, Ziggy, Aladdin, Diamond Dogs, Young Americans, Station to../Low/Heroes/Lodger/Scary Monsters/Let’s Dance. All classic albums. Thanks for letting me have my comment – Luke

  • Amen, Luke. I’m right there with you.

  • Randi Brooks

    No,Paul McCartney’s early solo early Wings music which includes a lot of great rock and even some hard rock from 1970-1975 (which is Paul’s best post Beatles music) is also much better than David Bowie’s music and better than George Harrison’s solo music.

    Here the very good Russian music reviewer George Starostin reviews Paul McCartney’s solo and Wings albums and songs and he so rightly debunks the common stupid myth that Paul’s solo and Wings music wasn’t very good. http://starling.rinet.ru/music/paul.htm

    Paul McCartney is still in the Guinness Book of World Records since October 1979 as the most successful song composer of all time and David Bowie was not as great as early solo Paul and John. I personally only like 3 of his songs of the many ones I’ve heard,Changes,Heroes and Space Oddity.I really also think that Elton John’s songs from 1971-1974 were much better.Not that it will matter that much to fans on here,but the Russian music reviewer George Starostin back in the late 90’s early 2000’s gave David Bowie a C rating, http://starling.rinet.ru/music/bowie.htm he also said that David Bowie was talented but not a genius,but he says in his Elton John review that Elton was a genius in his early-mid 1970’s career.

    He also said that David Bowie had a poor voice,was a limited song writer,and that he’s highly overrated as a innovator.He also gave this C rating to solo George Harrison and Elton John,but gave Paul McCartney,Stevie Wonder and John Lennon a B rating. I’ve also never heard a David Bowie song nearly as good or great,and it is great as Elton’s Funeral For A Friend Love Lies Bleeding.

    And although Keith Richards was totally wrong about Sgt Pepper,and some other artists like Elton John( and often goes to extremes,he could and should have said that a lot of or most of David Bowie was posing and image and that it didn’t have a lot to do with his music,not that it was all posing and had nothing to do with it but there is a lot of truth to what he said), he said before David Bowie died that David Bowie was all f*cking posing it has nothing to do with music and he said he knows it too.Of course Keith often goes to extremes,he could have said that most of are a lot of David Bowie is his posing and that it didn’t have that much to do with his music,but there is still a lot of truth to what he said.

    http://www.nme.com/photos/the-razor-tongue-of-keith-richards–17-artists-he-s-slammed-from-david-bowie-to-oasis/390242#/photo/3

  • Randi Brooks

    No,Paul McCartney’s early solo early Wings music which includes a lot of great rock and even some hard rock from 1970-1975 (which is Paul’s best post Beatles music) is also much better than David Bowie’s music and better than George Harrison’s solo music.

    Here the very good Russian music reviewer George Starostin reviews Paul McCartney’s solo and Wings albums and songs and he so rightly debunks the common stupid myth that Paul’s solo and Wings music wasn’t very good. http://starling.rinet.ru/music/paul.htm

    Since several members have included some solo artists I have to post this part again, this,

    Paul McCartney is still in the Guinness Book of World Records since October 1979 as the most successful song composer of all time and David Bowie was not as great as early solo Paul and John. I personally only like 3 of his songs of the many ones I’ve heard,Changes,Heroes and Space Oddity.I really also think that Elton John’s songs from 1971-1974 were much better.Not that it will matter that much to fans on here,but the Russian music reviewer George Starostin back in the late 90’s early 2000’s gave David Bowie a C rating, http://starling.rinet.ru/music/bowie.htm he also said that David Bowie was talented but not a genius,but he says in his Elton John review that Elton was a genius in his early-mid 1970’s career.

    He also said that David Bowie had a poor voice,was a limited song writer,and that he’s highly overrated as a innovator.He also gave this C rating to solo George Harrison and Elton John,but gave Paul McCartney,Stevie Wonder and John Lennon a B rating. I’ve also never heard a David Bowie song nearly as good or great,and it is great as Elton’s Funeral For A Friend Love Lies Bleeding.

    And although Keith Richards was totally wrong about Sgt Pepper,and some other artists like Elton John( and often goes to extremes,he could and should have said that a lot of or most of David Bowie was posing and image and that it didn’t have a lot to do with his music,not that it was all posing and had nothing to do with it but there is a lot of truth to what he said), he said before David Bowie died that David Bowie was all f*cking posing it has nothing to do with music and he said he knows it too.Of course Keith often goes to extremes,he could have said that most of are a lot of David Bowie is his posing and that it didn’t have that much to do with his music,but there is still a lot of truth to what he said.

    http://www.nme.com/photos/the-razor-tongue-of-keith-richards–17-artists-he-s-slammed-from-david-bowie-to-oasis/390242#/photo/3

    —–Original Message—–
    From: topazthecat1000
    To: cindi1928
    Sent: Thu, Feb 25, 2016 9:05 am
    Subject: MY POST ABOUT GEORGE STAROSTIN’S REVIEWS OF PAUL MCCARTNEY & DAVID BOWIE

    No,Paul McCartney’s early solo early Wings music which includes a lot of great rock and even some hard rock from 1970-1975 (which is Paul’s best post Beatles music) is also much better than David Bowie’s music and better than George Harrison’s solo music.

    Here the very good Russian music reviewer George Starostin reviews Paul McCartney’s solo and Wings albums and songs and he so rightly debunks the common stupid myth that Paul’s solo and Wings music wasn’t very good. http://starling.rinet.ru/music/paul.htm

    Paul McCartney is still in the Guinness Book of World Records since October 1979 as the most successful song composer of all time and David Bowie was not as great as early solo Paul and John. I personally only like 3 of his songs of the many ones I’ve heard,Changes,Heroes and Space Oddity.I really also think that Elton John’s songs from 1971-1974 were much better.Not that it will matter that much to fans on here,but the Russian music reviewer George Starostin back in the late 90’s early 2000’s gave David Bowie a C rating, http://starling.rinet.ru/music/bowie.htm he also said that David Bowie was talented but not a genius,but he says in his Elton John review that Elton was a genius in his early-mid 1970’s career.

    He also said that David Bowie had a poor voice,was a limited song writer,and that he’s highly overrated as a innovator.He also gave this C rating to solo George Harrison and Elton John,but gave Paul McCartney,Stevie Wonder and John Lennon a B rating. I’ve also never heard a David Bowie song nearly as good or great,and it is great as Elton’s Funeral For A Friend Love Lies Bleeding.

    And although Keith Richards was totally wrong about Sgt Pepper,and some other artists like Elton John( and often goes to extremes,he could and should have said that a lot of or most of David Bowie was posing and image and that it didn’t have a lot to do with his music,not that it was all posing and had nothing to do with it but there is a lot of truth to what he said), he said before David Bowie died that David Bowie was all f*cking posing it has nothing to do with music and he said he knows it too.Of course Keith often goes to extremes,he could have said that most of are a lot of David Bowie is his posing and that it didn’t have that much to do with his music,but there is still a lot of truth to what he said.

    http://www.nme.com/photos/the-razor-tongue-of-keith-richards–17-artists-he-s-slammed-from-david-bowie-to-oasis/390242#/photo/3

    And here this poster cesarat37 says what is so true,in reply to another poster Binkonn who started the Topic A Few Good Songs But Overrated I Think on The Internet Movie Data Base,they said of course you are right!!! Bowie is the most overrated musician and singer in rock history.And said,good that you mention Keith Richards because he said in an interview a few years ago that Bowie was all about pose.And then said,that when Bowie started and released a couple of albums in 1967-1968 no one payed him any attention and said (by this point he was a regular looking guy no make up etc) he gained success and notoriety when he began with the extravagant clothes,his bisexuality statements,his Ziggy Stardust persona etc,things that have absolutely nothing to do with the music.Then this poster said,his music is average,medicocre and that as the poster (Binkonn) mentioned he has a few ( very few) good songs but that’s about it.

    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000309/board/thread/252707637?d=252716402#252716402