Regular reader(s) know that I am a Bowie fan. I’ve stuck with him through “Dancing in the Street” and whatever that giant mechanical spider set design was all about. I even own the complete Tin Machine discography. Come on!
The genius of Bowie isn’t innovation so much as assimilation. The man was a sponge, constantly soaking up his surroundings, rearranging them, and presenting them in a fresh manner: Ziggy’s mix of glam rock and Kabuki theater; Young Americans’ plastic Philly soul; his early Anthony Newley phase.
But no single performer influenced the Thin White Duke to the extent of Scott Walker, and because Bowie influenced so many musicians, the transitive property states that Walker influenced those legions, too.
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