As you all probably know by now, David Bowie released his first single, ‘Where Are We Now’, after ten years. I’ve read a lot of criticism, some good, some bad, and wanted to post my own opinion to share with others.
One of the most common criticisms I’ve read in regards to Bowie, is that he has never done anything truly original. That to me, is simply, a bunch of bollocks. Every performer is influenced and inspired by someone else. Inspiration is the key to creation, but what you do with those influences is what matters. Do you become a clone imitating your idol, with nothing new to say, or do you take that influence and inspiration, and present it in a new way?
If he were just a talentless copy-cat, would he be Bowie? Of course not. Do not forget, this was the man who dared to shock UK audiences back in the day, when he gave the world Ziggy Stardust.
Time passes, fashions change. How silly would David Bowie look now, at the age of 66, if he was still trying to be Ziggy or even the Thin White Duke?
‘Where Are We Now’ is a melancholic, bittersweet view to his past. It shows us an older Bowie, but one, whose voice, still sings in that iconic crooner’s voice we know so well. The one imitated by so many. Would Suede, who’ve also released a new single after ten years, exist, if it wasn’t for Bowie? Just listen to Brett Anderson’s voice, for the answer to that.
The biggest wrong we, as an audience, can do to an artist, is to typecast them, expecting them to create the same type of music they became iconic for, over and over, as if they’re a one-trick pony. All artists grow and change, we as an audience, deserve to give them that chance.
If you haven’t heard the song, have a listen, I personally love it…