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The Man Who Sold The World

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mellow rock instrumentation
latin influences
great lyrics
a subtle use of vocal harmony
extensive vamping
mixed acoustic and electric instrumentation
mixed minor & major key tonality
melodic songwriting
electric guitar riffs
a dynamic male vocalist
prominent organ
acoustic rhythm guitars
emphasis on instrumental arranging

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Man, one of the best!
One of my all time favorite songs. This album was in a box I inheriteted as a kid....this song was played out while I was in grammar school. I played it in high school. Have the cd in my work truck right now! "We spoke in what's and where's". Great song.. Bowie is a genius
Nice
Favorite Bowie song. Hands down.
Both versions are awesome
nicslager
Why is he wearing a dress?
nicslager
Hey I love both versions, they're different, but amazing.
David Bowie is amazin!
Why are people dissing Nirvana? I understand that David bowie is a legend and all; but Nirvana's version of this song was pretty good too, you have to admit :) in all, i guess people will habe their opinions but if you never listened to nirvana you should!
@Problem Child.. An awesome person like David would dress in any type of clothing and still will be freaking awesome. Good day~
I didint know David Bowie sang this song
1178175243
It was not his world to sell... oohh no... not me
1178175243
Not me. Love some Bowie, fitting for the velvet underground station.
Nirvana is another overated band. And foo fighters? Sheesh
arkhammer7
We never lost control. I bet once or twice!!
A musical genius.
Bowie ROCKS!!!
Exactly
You may like whomever better,but without Bowie, this song wouldn't even exist ....
That's just the artwork, not the man in question.
<3
Why in the world would a man as awesome as this be in a dress?!?!
you want a laugh..liste n to lulu's version then you will see how a brilliant song can be purely awful..yes lulu recorded this
I've never listened to Nirvana and I'm not going to start now.
einarabelc5
Wow, so superior to Nirvana.
cowniew
Cover this Cover that. All that I can say as an original Bowie fan is that this doesn't sound like the original version. I don't ever remember Bowie's voice being that raspy.
@winniemille r : When they say Nirvana cover, they mean that the Nirvana version is a cover. They aren't referring to this song.
@ Teodor_Trapk o v : U do realize Cobain would be turning over in his grave hearing you say that. I respect Nirvana, but Bowie is freaking Bowie. He is beyond legendary and has one of the best voices in rock. Although I respect that everyone has their own opinion, this is one opinion that should be kept to themselves lol
Guys, this isn't a cover.
tracywarner3
david bowie is so weird...i love this song! i gazed a gazely stare??? Wha? Coming from anywhere else, that just sounds stupid. i like the original. dude sounds like he's on venus.
teodor_trapk o v
both versions are amazing but I like Kurt's version better. his voice brings more to the song.
wow, had no idea this was a cover. no idea at all. You know, I can understand the words now.
matterkam
both these versions are weird and depressing
weiser_larry
Like both bands version Bowies is better IMHO.
I like the Section Quartet's Version the best, and it wasn't the first version I heard. Actually Heard Bowie's first, but then again I'm "Old".
98% of the time I agree that dschmidt15 is correct with what he is stating. The only time that doesn't work is with any and all Beatles songs where all of the originls are better than any of the covers ever could be,and any one who doesn't agree with that is seriously derainged in the brain. Now while the Nirvana cover of this song was a good one the original Bowie version is better people! So I guess what I said for the Beatles also pertains to Bowie,and in my less than humble opinion,hold s tru
Let me clear this up for everyone. People just tend to like the first version of a song that they hear, whether that particular version is the original or a cover. So, people that heard the Bowie version years before the Nirvana version are going to like the Bowie version better. Those that had never heard the original and were only introduced to the song by a cover will like the cover better. This is true of every song ever recorded. Thanks.
Come on...all of you suck. Ground control to major Tom.
dnewto
Heard this and thought 'What a crappy remake of the Nirvana song'. Still crappy (like Bowie but the music is bad in this), but I guess Nirvana actually did the remake.
I like the Nirvana version better, it's more melancholy. I'm also none to fond of the guiro in Bowie's version.
I personally think Nirvana's cover is better. I mean no offense to Bowie fan's. He's still great.
This is one of the more amazing songs Bowie ever made. It's truly deranged and amazing. And I actually did hear the actual Dave Bowie version before I heard the Nirvana version (which is also very good).
lizlotz
I remember hearing the Nirvana version, not realizing it was a cover, and thinking it was one of the best songs from Kurt Cobain. Then I learned it was a David Bowie song, so it wasn't surprising that I had been impressed by the songwriting. Bowie was a great innovator whose songs still sound fresh today, and who inspired much music that came after.
thevanman552
Amazing how many people take Bowie's music and make hits with it. This version is the one I heard 30 odd years ago and it always struck me with the nasty lead guitar and the Spanish style percussion; great stuff.
thebrightlig h t s
I like both Bowie's and Nirvana's version of the song, but overall I prefer the original. I just wish that Bowie's got as much radio play as Nirvana's... I hardly ever hear it and it's a shame.
twilight_ang e l 1 9 3 3
@teach_43: I didn't know there was a cover of the song until I saw this page. I don't believe in liking a particular song because of who did it- I think it's musically limiting. I like Bowie's version because I think it's the better version, not because Bowie's the one who did it.
teach_43
I wonder how many of you that claim you like the Nirvana cover actually heard the original Bowie first. I think its a matter of which artist you are a bigger fan of, not who sings the song that matters.
twilight_ang e l 1 9 3 3
Well said, Dan.
I think this is one of the few cases where I like both the original and the prominent cover equally--Bow i e ' s for the harmony at the end of his version, and Nirvana's for the stripped-dow n simplicity.
I agree with S-W - Nirvana's is a clearly superior cover
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