David Bowie – the stories and tributes continue to roll out even after his untimely death. One of the best has to be when he completely shut down Coldplay after they asked him to collaborate by replying: ‘It’s just not a very good song, is it?’ That is one of the simplest and yet ultimately crushing rejections of all time.
Luckily for Coldplay they weren’t the only ones. Dave Grohl and David Bowie had a pretty decent working relationship — as you well know Nirvana covered Bowie’s classic ‘The Man Who Sold the World’. The former drummer also played at Bowie’s 50th birthday bash and featured on his album Heathen. So no bad blood there.
However, Dave admits in a recent clip made for Playboy:
About two years ago, I got approached by this movie to do a song for the movie, so I thought, ‘Maybe I’ll have someone else sing, I’ll do the music and then have another vocalist.’
And then I thought, ‘Maybe I’ll ask and see if David would want to do it.’ So the next day I get an e-mail and it says, ‘David, I watched the movie and I got to be honest, it’s not my thing.’ He said, ‘I’m not made for these times.’
Ha. I love how honest and aware Bowie was. I guess that’s what made him a true icon of our time — he knew what was shit and what was not. Most musicians these days are happy to put their name to any old crap as long as it makes them a bit of cash. But not Bowie, he was too switched on — he even predicted the impact of the Internet on music 15 years ago.
Anyway, Dave messaged back saying that he understood and within a minute he received this absolute corker of a reply:
Alright, well that’s settled then. Now, fuck off.
What an amazing line. Obviously the whole thing was in jest, but I would still feel a little bit stupid if a project I was involved in was turned down by Bowie — that pretty much means it’s shit. We miss you Bowie — can’t you come back?
Also, just got to say – you know for sure that if he were still alive, if Kanye West came to him with the idea of a Bowie-themed album, he would have probably spat in his face. Worst idea ever.