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David Bowie’s Favourite Records

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bowie11David Bowie was one of the most inspirational artists to have ever lived. His legacy not only exists in his records, but also in the tens of thousands of people he inspired to pick up a guitar, sit down at a piano, or try and perform using any means necessary.

As Bowie was such an enigmatic figure, very few people really know what it was that inspired the man to be a musician. However, this week an article has been unearthed from an interview that Bowie gave to Vanity Fair in 2003. During the course of the interview, Bowie was asked pick out 25 of his favourite records of all time, from his vast record collection.

Here is an excerpt from the article: “I’ll look through the albums and pull together a list of those I have re-bought or am in the process of re-buying on CD. I have little time, and there are just too many to sort through. So, I’ll keep pulling stuff out blindly, and if it’s too obvious (Sgt. Pepper, Nirvana) I’ll put it back again till I find something more interesting.”



Bowie continued: “No rules then. I’ll just make ’em up as I go along,” he added. “If you can possibly get your hands on any of these, I guarantee you evenings of listening pleasure, and you will encourage a new high-minded circle of friends, although one or two choices will lead some of your old pals to think you completely barmy. So, without chronology, genre, or reason, herewith, in no particular order, 25 albums that could change your reputation.”

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And here is the list of Bowie’s 25 favourite records:

  1. The Last Poets — The Last Poets
  2. Shipbuilding — Robert Wyatt
  3. The Fabulous Little Richard — Little Richard
  4. Music for 18 Musicians — Steve Reich
  5. The Velvet Underground & Nico — The Velvet Underground
  6. Tupelo Blues — John Lee Hooker
  7. Blues, Rags and Hollers — Koerner, Ray and Glover
  8. The Apollo Theatre Presents: In Person! The James Brown Show — James Brown
  9. Forces of Victory — Linton Kwesi Johnson
  10. The Red Flower of Tachai Blossoms Everywhere: Music Played on National Instruments — Various Artists
  11. Banana Moon — Daevid Allen
  12. Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris — Cast Album
  13. The Electrosoniks: Electronic Music — Tom Dissevelt
  14. The 5000 Spirits of the Layers of the Onion — The Incredible String Band
  15. Ten Songs by Tucker Zimmerman — Tucker Zimmerman
  16. Four Last Songs (Strauss) — Gundula Janowitz
  17. The Ascension — Glenn Branca
  18. The Madcap Laughs — Syd Barrett
  19. Black Angels — George Crumb
  20. Funky Kingston — Toots & The Maytals
  21. Delusion of the Fury — Harry Partch
  22. Oh Yeah — Charles Mingus
  23. Le Sacre du Printemps — Igor Stravinsky
  24. The Fugs — The Fugs
  25. The Glory of the Human Voice — Florence Foster Jenkins

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