70s david bowie vs 70s rod stewart

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70s david bowie vs 70s rod stewart

Poll ended at 13 Feb 2010, 16:09

70s david bowie
35
67%
70s rod stewart
16
31%
70s footy in flares
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2%
 
Total votes: 52

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Re: 70s david bowie vs 70s rod stewart

Postby !!VAPRANT!! » 06 Dec 2017, 20:08

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The Unfragrant Ox wrote:It depends how much you value innovation in music, I suppose.


It's not just that. Even if you throw out all talk of innovation and experimentation and all that stuff and simply talk about power in music - admittedly quite a subjective thing to define - then Bowie would win hands down.
I think of a song like Your Wear it Well and it's very likeable, pleasant in a good way, but there's nothing powerful about it, I don't feel stirred or moved when I hear it. And all his stuff is a bit like that for me. He's a bit bland.


Well, yeah.

I probably like Rod's early 70s albums a bit more than you (his debut is especially strong) but he doesn't make the earth move. Not like Bowie.

I still think DB's diversity is something we tend to undervalue/understate. As is the case with the Beatles, you could make, say, 10 completely different ten-song playlists to appeal to folk with completely different tastes.
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Re: 70s david bowie vs 70s rod stewart

Postby Goat Boy » 06 Dec 2017, 20:22

It's not just colour, or production it's about imagination, inspiration.

Rod has some good tunes but he can't conjure magic and he doesn't transport you. I don't really get much sense of self from him either.
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Postby WG Kaspar » 06 Dec 2017, 20:34

Goat Boy wrote:It's not just colour, or production it's about imagination, inspiration.

Rod has some good tunes but he can't conjure magic and he doesn't transport you. I don't really get much sense of self from him either.

Well I disagree because the band backing Rod is million miles better than Bowie's and has the extra bonus of having Ronnie Lane beside him and I'd take Ronnie Wood over Mick Ronson any day of the week. Also both solo and the Faces have amazing songs and are in their own way just as evocative as Bowie's. It's a different beast but no less for it. Still voted for Bowie obviously but let's not diminish how great Rod and the Faces were for these 4-5 years/
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Postby PENK » 06 Dec 2017, 20:39

If you ignore some of the things that made Bowie better then yeah, maybe Rod measures up.
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Re: 70s david bowie vs 70s rod stewart

Postby Goat Boy » 06 Dec 2017, 20:42

Well I was talking about solo Rod specifically but I don't find the Faces records anything special either. A handful of good songs and I do love Oo La La but a lot of average stuff too. I don't think the songwriting was really strong enough I'm afraid


I'm sure they were fun live and they had chemistry, no doubt but...
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Postby PENK » 06 Dec 2017, 20:43

Most of the Faces stuff I've heard is just boring bluesy pub rock stuff. I like some of Rod's early solo things though.
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Re: 70s david bowie vs 70s rod stewart

Postby Diamond Dog » 06 Dec 2017, 20:44

WG Kaspar wrote: and I'd take Ronnie Wood over Mick Ronson any day of the week.


No. Just no.
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Re: 70s david bowie vs 70s rod stewart

Postby Goat Boy » 06 Dec 2017, 20:46

I mean even if you're just talking about his guitar playing that's a funny one but when you factor in his arrangements, especially on strings well, you know...
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Postby !!VAPRANT!! » 06 Dec 2017, 20:50

PENK wrote:Most of the Faces stuff I've heard is just boring bluesy pub rock stuff. I like some of Rod's early solo things though.


That sums it up neatly for me too.
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Re: 70s david bowie vs 70s rod stewart

Postby The Modernist » 06 Dec 2017, 20:54

WG Kaspar wrote:Well I disagree because the band backing Rod is million miles better than Bowie's and has the extra bonus of having Ronnie Lane beside him and I'd take Ronnie Wood over Mick Ronson any day of the week.


At what? Scoring coke? C'mon that's just silly. Wood was just a barroom chugger, good personality and all that, but nobody's idea of a great guitarist. Ronson is on another level.

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Re: 70s david bowie vs 70s rod stewart

Postby Davey the Fat Boy » 07 Dec 2017, 05:34

The Modernist wrote:
The Unfragrant Ox wrote:It depends how much you value innovation in music, I suppose.


It's not just that. Even if you throw out all talk of innovation and experimentation and all that stuff and simply talk about power in music - admittedly quite a subjective thing to define - then Bowie would win hands down.
I think of a song like Your Wear it Well and it's very likeable, pleasant in a good way, but there's nothing powerful about it, I don't feel stirred or moved when I hear it. And all his stuff is a bit like that for me. He's a bit bland.



I think this take is a bit bland.
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Postby northernsky » 08 Dec 2017, 07:53

Matt Wilson wrote:The Bowie vs God thread is next.


Like I say, the verdict's in on that encounter.

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Re: 70s david bowie vs 70s rod stewart

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Re: 70s david bowie vs 70s rod stewart

Postby Robert » 08 Dec 2017, 15:51

Davey the Fat Boy wrote:
The Modernist wrote:
The Unfragrant Ox wrote:It depends how much you value innovation in music, I suppose.


It's not just that. Even if you throw out all talk of innovation and experimentation and all that stuff and simply talk about power in music - admittedly quite a subjective thing to define - then Bowie would win hands down.
I think of a song like Your Wear it Well and it's very likeable, pleasant in a good way, but there's nothing powerful about it, I don't feel stirred or moved when I hear it. And all his stuff is a bit like that for me. He's a bit bland.



I think this take is a bit bland.



FFS, just pitch Bowie against The Beatles and Bowie will lose. Any other attempts apart from the Beatles will miserably lose.

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Postby Matt Wilson » 08 Dec 2017, 15:55

Robert wrote:
FFS, just pitch Bowie against The Beatles and Bowie will lose. Any other attempts apart from the Beatles will miserably lose.


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Postby Davey the Fat Boy » 08 Dec 2017, 17:06

Robert wrote:FFS, just pitch Bowie against The Beatles and Bowie will lose. Any other attempts apart from the Beatles will miserably lose.


That’s a BCB thing. Nowhere else on earth is Bowie the #2 act in music.
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Re: 70s david bowie vs 70s rod stewart

Postby jimboo » 08 Dec 2017, 17:36

WG Kaspar wrote: and I'd take Ronnie Wood over Mick Ronson any day of the week.




Oh for the love of , WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU?
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