Many of you will recall the brief outing David Bowie had in a side project called Tin Machine. Rolling Stone has an inside look.
During the late Eighties, David Bowie was one of the world’s most successful pop stars. But he wasn’t exactly thrilled about it. “It was great I’d become accessible to a huge audience, but not terribly fulfilling,” he said at the time. “It seemed so easy.” Hoping to jump-start his creativity, Bowie invited Reeves Gabrels, a Boston-based guitarist he had met during the Glass Spider Tour, to visit his home in Switzerland. Gabrels helped Bowie craft an extended version of his 1979 song “Look Back in Anger” for use in a 1988 dance performance, and the two men began plotting an edgier course for Bowie’s future.
Gabrels recalls Bowie phoning him from Los Angeles a short while later and excitedly announcing, “I found our rhythm section. Listen to ‘Lust for Life’!” The singer had bumped into Tony and Hunt Sales, the bassist and drummer on that 1977 rave-up, which Bowie had produced for Iggy Pop. Bowie not only insisted that the four men record together, but that they form an actual band, with each member having equal creative input. And so Tin Machine was born.
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