There's this big misconception that David Bowie was somehow some huge icon that stayed at the top of the musical world for 50 years.
He wasn't. He stopped being relevant in any artistic sense by 1983, and had dropped out of commercial relevance by 1990. He just had a pretty sizable cult who made noise every time he released an album afterwards, but none of them were very good or recognized by anyone outside of his established fan base.
This is true. Heathen and Outside are good but everything else basically sucked by the early 80s until TND which was decent but uninteresting.
Blackstar was tight with it's nostalgic use of classic instruments and a perfect final bowie album, but even then it's not better than 90% of his works between Hunky Dory and Let's Dance.
how do you explain the fact that everyone and their mom went nuts when he died
come on anon
even if he stop being relevant in the mid-80's, he still fucking did Ziggy Stardust man.
You guys are really reaching now aren't you? Just admit he was fucking loved the world over and move on, bro. No-one gives a shit about your little 'war' on British stars. Just jealous yanks can't accept the Brits always do it better. Wow, you sound really quite upset!
OP here. I'd just like to inform you guys that I was one of the biggest tripcode users on /mu/ under two different aliases between 2011 and 2012. The tripcode lifestyle brings nothing but pain and suffering in the long run and you should really evaluate your reasons for using a tripcode and consider stopping. I as well as dozens of my friends have found an immediate increase in quality of life after ceasing tripcode usage.
yeah that fad was stupid as fuck, what a joke
i don't blame you for buying into the tripfag hype though, the celebrity status was enticing but not looking like a faggot was preferable
The noise from a few years ago was pretty sizable because it was the first time he released anything in 8 years. The noise from Blackstar right before his death was sizable because it suggested both critical and commercial success.
people are just pretending to care because he died
this is how normies work. its like when some slut no one gave a fuck about kills herself and all of a sudden it's "boo hoo what a tragedy ;((" from everyone who glanced at her in the hallway so they don't look bad
this is how people are. they're phony///
Nobody ever said he was relevant for the entirety of his career. He certainly was an icon and a household name because of what he did in the 70s however.
Also, blackstar will be remembered as a classic 50 years down the line. I don't know if his 70s work will.
You're kinda right, but not many artists did as well in their peak decade as Bowie did. It's easy to be like "lol no good albums after 1980 fuckin overrated retard" in 2016, but people will be saying the same about great 2000-2010's artists in the next few decades.
Let's Dance is his best selling work I believe, but Tonight and Never Let Me Down didn't chart as well as some of his 70s stuff. Keep in mind this is off the top of my head and I'm not looking up the numbers so I could be wrong.
Bowie went through periods where his albums lacked critical acclaim. But whereas other rock artists started to suck because they kept repeating ideas, Bowie at least had the balls to always do something different with each album.
This might come as a shock to you, but most people ("normies" in your parlance) are actually capable of caring about more than one thing, they don't wholly fixate on one topic for their entire existence. They're not "phony", they're multifaceted, there are many things that are, or have been, meaningful to them throughout their lives.