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It's The Concept People Hated - Not The Music!
on 30 July 2008
If this exact self same album has been released by Bowie (after the heap of crap he had put out throughout the 80s) as a David Bowie album (backed by Iggy's rhythm section and a new guitarist) not as 'Tin Machine' the band, it would have been treated a whole lot better then and now. What has given it such a bad reputation was the attitude adopted at the time by Bowie himself; bearded, chain smoking, brash cockney geezer - 'I'm just one of the boys in a band' 'It's a democracy' all of that crap basically. As an album it's not that bad at all - sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't - but as an album it doesn't deserve the hypocrisy and hate it constantly receives. Time has revealed that Bowie had to take a drastic step of this kind to move away from the soulless 80's stadium pop icon he was turning into, and get back to being Bowie again - it clearly did the trick. By no means a Bowie classic, but worth investigating nevertheless........