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Elvis Presly or David Bowie ?


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Initial post: Jan 11, 2012 11:08:31 AM PST
I post this because it so happens that they both share the same birthday ( thats January 8th ) !

Posted on Jan 11, 2012 11:10:35 AM PST
I like Elvis, but Bowie's a fantastic songwriter and a true innovator. One of my all-time faves and a great influence on my own work as well. So Bowie hands down!

Posted on Jan 11, 2012 11:14:16 AM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Jan 11, 2012 11:41:20 AM PST
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Bowie not a musician? Well hell, the guys only made a film score ( Buddah of Suburbia ) and a number of instrumental ( non-singing ) songs ( namely on the albums Low, Heros, and Outside ), so I'd surely have to beg to differ there regarding HIM. I'd have to concure though that Presley was pretty much JUST a singer & performer, yeah ( as far as I'm aware anyway ).

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 11, 2012 11:44:18 AM PST
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Posted on Jan 11, 2012 12:12:45 PM PST
I've never heard anyone speak of Bowie in this context, amazing. Michael Jackson maybe let things "go to his head", but certainly not Bowie, at least for the majority of his career.

Posted on Jan 11, 2012 12:13:13 PM PST
W.H. says:
If MM can say "niether," may I please say both?

Posted on Jan 11, 2012 12:19:53 PM PST
I grew up on Elvis, my father is a HUGE fan. Elvis was definetely more of a performer but he had a voice that made any song he sang his own.
As for Bowie he's a chameleon. I love all his stuff. He always tried to do something different. So no surprise it's difficult for people to pin point his more creative outputs. As an artist you have to respect him. He wasn't afraid to try new things. His influence will always be apparent in music (of any era). Everyone is entitled to their opinion. I don't have a problem with that. Hopefully everyone will stay civil discussing this. There is no right or wrong answer. I'm actually looking forward to what others may think.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 11, 2012 12:27:13 PM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Jan 11, 2012 12:32:46 PM PST
I have nothing against Elvis. He is a legend for a reason. But his style of music is too old for me and so I do not own any of his albums. I don't go back past '65.

Bowie felt that the fact that they sharred the same birth date was something of an omen for him to try and realize his musical goals.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 11, 2012 12:35:59 PM PST
Not much weirder than watching Bing and Bowie sing together. If Bing liked Bowie, I wonder what Elvis thought of him. Remember, when Bowie hit the big time HE was Lady Gaga.

Posted on Jan 11, 2012 2:24:29 PM PST
I'll say David Bowie. Elvis projected a natural electricity and a tenderness throughout his life, but was fairly lazy in terms of really developing his craft. Bowie really did his homework with melodies, harmonies, instrumental arrangements, and studio production or could convey great emotions with his voice too. It would be interesting if all amateur musicians could get their original multitrack tapes and create totally different arrangements. Nobody has come close to sounding like Elvis, but Iva Davies of Icehouse has gotten pretty close to sounding like Bowie.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 11, 2012 2:28:15 PM PST
anubus says:
Robby Krieger

Posted on Jan 11, 2012 3:08:24 PM PST
Spiritual Architect,
Thats true, there was a bit of a generational difference to consider there. It doesn't so much matter today, in retrospect, .. . but it used to. Like I remember that my mother, who grew up in the 50's & early 60's, loved Elvis ( who was also considered kinde of "outrageous" in that day and age ). But when Bowie first came along he was a bit too freaky and outlandish for her and pretty much most other people of her generation ( though she did like him a little bit more after getting past that and hearing some of his music ). By the same token Presley was a bit old and outmoded to most people my age or close ( though some of THEM have grown into fans of his ).

Posted on Jan 11, 2012 6:16:30 PM PST
A. What a stupid question. B. Misspelled Presley. Do you have literacy issues, or are you just too lazy to re-read a five-word question before posting? If you don't care, why should we?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 11, 2012 6:34:13 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 11, 2012 6:37:05 PM PST
I can't help feeling that way also.
The question is also vague, ambiguous, - what about them?

(I think Bowie to be far more CREATIVE than Elvis ever was, even though I like some of Bowie's songs, and not others).

Posted on Jan 11, 2012 6:47:24 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 11, 2012 6:50:10 PM PST
BigBadAzz says:
Really can't compare these artists, as they are in totally different leagues (although both are/were great at what they do).

My personal preference is for Bowie - more suited to my musical tastes. I appreciate Elvis and his songs, however I am not as much of a fan of his music as I am of Bowie's. The latter has a lot more to offer with regard to styles of music (though my fave period is his early 70's Spiders of Mars era).

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 11, 2012 6:53:15 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 11, 2012 7:44:33 PM PST
Well I NEVER!!! Goodness gracious!!! So, WHAT on Earth is it that I've unknowingly done to YOU sir ( Tall, Dark & Handsome )? Perhaps boffed your wife, boyfriend, mother, or young son ??
As for Bernard J. Ryan, "what about" the subjects of ANY of these 1,000 or so threads posted here in this forum ??

Posted on Jan 11, 2012 7:03:28 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 12, 2012 7:23:45 AM PST
Again, I'd posted this thread because of the two subjects sharing the same birthdate which was pretty recent to this posting ( a few days off ) and admitedly no other reason than that. I guess they're both also famous solo artists that are very legendary and iconic. As for the opinion expresed that this thread is "stupid", well let's just say that it seemd safe enough in view of 90% of these other threads which were already posted here !

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 12, 2012 1:33:21 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jun 20, 2013 10:51:02 AM PDT
Hinch says:
Bowie plays saxophone, guitar, keyboards, harpsichord, synthesizer, mellotron, harmonica, koto, drums, vibraphone, viola, cello. He's wrote most of the songs he's recorded, as well as producing and arranging. If he's not a musicain, I don't know who is.

btw, Definition of MUSICIAN: a composer, conductor, or performer of music; especially : instrumentalist

Posted on Jan 12, 2012 1:45:38 AM PST
Hinch says:
I like Elvis and Bowie.

Elvis made some great rock and roll in the 50s. Bowie made some great music in the 60s and every decade since. His last album was in 2003, although he has recorded songs for soundtracks and recorded and performed live with other artists in the past few years.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 12, 2012 4:53:30 AM PST
loz says:
Ian, :D, (what a reply). Both Elvis and Bowie are great, but different genres. Apart from that I like Bowie much more for his overall artistic brilliance and innovation. Elvis was probably a better singer, but even that becomes a matter of taste at some point. Elvis never really shook the 'Good Ol Boys' image, Bowie never had it, which is one reason why I like him much more, not to mention his 7 or 8 brilliant albums of music.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 12, 2012 6:09:15 AM PST
Hip O Critic says:
Tall Dark, Handsome and Rude - "What a stupid question. B. Misspelled Presley. Do you have literacy issues, or are you just too lazy to re-read a five-word question before posting? If you don't care, why should we?"
Mate, you need to learn how to behave yourself. The question was fair enough and you don't have to participate if you have no tolerance for a slight spelling mistake. Quite brave behind the anonymity of a computer.

Posted on Jan 12, 2012 6:37:03 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 12, 2012 6:40:34 AM PST
Eddie H. says:
Talent----Bowie...HANDS DOWN!!!! Elvis might have been the 1st, but just because you are the 1st doesn't mean you are more talented......no comparison with talent. I agree with everything F. Hincholson said.....

Posted on Jan 12, 2012 7:28:40 AM PST
I've asked this before on other threads and I am going to keep asking it: When did interpretative singing stop being considered a talent?

Anyone who's seen a few of his concert films, especially the "behind the scenes" footage, knows that Presley is very under-rated as a guitarist and a pianist.
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