‘One flew east…one flew west…’
News has just reached our lofty office that international superstar Kanye West is to do an album of Bowie covers and that this has caused much hand wringing out there. There is even one of those online petitions against this happening.
Mr. West is no stranger to petitions – quarter of a million people signed one to stop him playing Glastonbury and that didn’t have much effect with his set being really well received.
These petitions are becoming the online equivalent of those letters retired colonels used to write to the Daily Telegraph in them olden times.
Now I’m sure Kanye West is not really a bundle of laughs and comes armed with an ego that could envelop planets – he is one of those pop superstars that is very good at what he does and the problem is that he knows it.
But then pop is full of people like him. Being nice and cuddly doesn’t make for great music.
An esoteric, out there lunatic pop star who acts like he is from another planet sounds very much par for this course and his covering what have become pop classics sounds perfect to us. We would much rather this lunatic idea with all its potential for car crash and genius at the same time than some polite hollering tribute from Coldplay.
We are sure that the great David Bowie would have loved the perversity of the idea as well. There are moments when Kanye West is actually as good as he thinks he is and even if the whole thing is a blathering, nightmare mess it is proof of the brilliance of Bowie that his music floats across these ‘boundaries’.
Bowie would have understood this and would have been tickled that his much vaunted stylistic changes are actually continuing after his death with his back catalogue doing his work for him…