Well, if you've been paying attention to my posts (and I know you all have them printed out and framed on your living room wall), you'll know that I've been undergoing a bit of a "roots" revival in my CD collection, temporarily eschewing the weird, obscure prog stuff for some basic, classic rock 'n' roll (though I will always love the weird stuff the best). Hence my participation in the Talking Heads and Stones threads. Ok, so David Bowie. Yes, yes, I know everyone loves him. Why? Disclaimer: this is not a "David Bowie Sucks" thread. I'm not saying that at all. The fact is, I only know the songs you hear on the radio, and that's not enough to judge an artist. My big question is, are the popular songs indicative of the rest of his music, or are his more obscure songs and album cuts heads above them? (like Pink Floyd, Rush, and Jethro Tull, for example) I ask because a lot of my friends who were musicians and almost-as-big music fans as I were into Bowie, and Robert Fripp and Adrian Belew, two musicians I worship, had played with him at some point. Here are the songs I know: Fame: white boy playing fake funk. Talking Heads do it too, but with humor and quirkiness, so it's fun. This one bores me to tears. Young American: see Fame Space Oddity: I'm sorry, but his has to be the dumbest song I've ever heard. "Floating in a tin can?" WTF? It's just some weird song with nothing musically interesting about space or something. I don't get it. Let's Dance: Typical 80s synth-pop song. Boring, and I'm not a big enough Stevie Ray Vaughan fan to get the album just because he's on it (though, of course, SRV is god). Heroes: I've never heard Bowie's version. I have a King Crimson live album where they play this song. It sounds pretty good, but I'm so in love with King Crimson that they could play the Macarena and I'd think it was a work of art. So I can't honestly judge it. Man Who Sold the World: Again, never heard the original. I heard Nirvana play it. I totally dislike Nirvana, but the song sounded like it could have been OK. Again, can't judge. So, are there some Bowie gems that maybe I'd like, despite not liking these tunes? Again, this is intended to be a discussion and trying to figure out Bowie's influence and musical language, not a mindless bashing, as I would be interested in checking out music of his that might be worthwhile.