10 Great Bands Who Overcame Questionable Debut Albums

David Bowie — David Bowie (1967)

This is generally referred to with the adjective “whimsical,” which is never a good sign — it’s only a short step from there to “quirky,” “kooky,” and eternal damnation. The oompa-loompa music hall flavors of Bowie’s debut hardly predicted greatness, although if nothing else, its psychedelic meanderings were indicative of the spirit of the time. Speaking of which…