A Journey Through the 12 Ages of David Bowie

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The Regular Dude with a Regular Dude Band

It’s perversely reassuring in its own way that even someone as prodigiously talented can find himself lost both creatively and personally, and so it was with Bowie in the late ’80s and early ’90s. Never Let Me Down and Tonight fell well below the creative peaks of his pre-Scary Monsters work, and our hero responded by reinventing himself as Just The Singer in Tin Machine, a determinedly egalitarian project wherein he refused to do interviews alone and split the band’s proceeds on a strict four-way basis.