BEEF BEE wrote:You'd agree that Dylan is highly regarded as a lyricist? and Bowie, not so much?
I would say up until 1980 at least, Bowie is very highly regarded as a lyricist.
Not to rehash old arguments (especially since they were so enjoyable the first time around) but I really do think the "Dylan is more serious/weighty" argument was only raised here in opposition to it. I know it goes on in the world at large, but I really do think the people here that prefer Dylan do so just as directly, viscerally, emotionally, etc. I know I do. I don't find Ziggy-era Bowie any more 'fun' or for that matter, any less 'serious' than the music of Dylan's peak (which I think we'd all agree is roughly '65-'67).
Although on the other hand, I am surprised the vote is so decisive. Maybe Bob has the numbers and David has the intensity of faith? I'd expect it to be closer.