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Tin Machine - 100% match to David Bowie

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s
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Following a creative nadir in the mid-80s, David Bowie launched a new ‘back to basics’ band in May 1989. The twin guitars, bass, and drum-driven Tin Machine comprised Bowie (vocals/guitar), Reeves Gabrels (Boston, Massachusetts, USA; guitar), and Tony and Hunt Sales in the rhythm section. The band proved to be much more blues- and rock-orientated than Bowie had bee Read more

Iggy Pop - 29% match to David Bowie

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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James Newell Osterberg, 21 April 1947, Muskegon, Michigan, USA. The sinewy ‘Godfather Of Punk’, Iggy Pop was born just west of Detroit to an English father and raised in nearby Ann Arbor. He first joined bands while at high school, initially as a drummer, most notably with the Iguanas in 1964 where he picked up the nickname Iggy. The following year he joined the De Read more

Lou Reed - 26% match to David Bowie

Genres: Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Lewis Allen Rabinowitz, 2 March 1942, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA. A member of several high-school bands, Reed made his recording debut with the Shades in 1957. Their ‘So Blue’ enjoyed brief notoriety when played by influential disc jockey Murray The K, but was lost in the multitude of independent singles released in this period. Having graduated from Sy Read more

Roxy Music - 21% match to David Bowie

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This highly regarded and heavily influential UK band came together in January 1971 with a line-up comprising Bryan Ferry (26 September 1945, Washington, Co. Durham, England; vocals/keyboards); Brian Eno (b. Brian Peter George St. Baptiste de la Salle Eno, 15 May 1948, Woodbridge, Suffolk, England; electronics/keyboards); Graham Simpson (bass) and Andy Mackay (b. 23 July 194 Read more

The Rolling Stones - 17% match to David Bowie

Genres: Blues Documentaries Music Theme Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock World Music
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Originally billed as the Rollin’ Stones, the first line-up of this immemorial English 60s unit was a nucleus of Mick Jagger (Michael Philip Jagger, 26 July 1943, Dartford, Kent, England; vocals), Keith Richards (b. 18 December 1943, Dartford, Kent, England; guitar), Brian Jones (b. Lewis Brian Hopkin-Jones, 28 February 1942, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England, d. 3 Ju Read more

Brian Eno - 16% match to David Bowie

Genres: Electronic & Ambient Jazz Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Brian Peter George St. Baptiste de la Salle Eno, 15 May 1948, Woodbridge, Suffolk, England. While studying at art schools in Ipswich and Winchester, Eno fell under the influence of avant garde composers Cornelius Cardew and John Cage. Although he could not play an instrument, Eno enjoyed tinkering with multi-track tape recorders and in 1968 wrote the limited edition theoreti Read more

The Cure - 15% match to David Bowie

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Formed in 1976 as the Easy Cure, this UK band originally comprised Robert Smith (21 April 1959, Blackpool, Lancashire, England; guitar/vocals), Michael Dempsey (b. 29 November 1958, Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia; bass) and Laurence ‘Lol’ Tolhurst (b. 3 February 1959, Horley, Surrey, England; drums, later switching to keyboards). After struggling to find a niche duri Read more

The Stooges - 15% match to David Bowie

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Purveyors, with the MC5, of classic, high-energy American rock, the Stooges’ influence on successive generations is considerable. They were led by the enigmatic James Jewel Osterberg aka Iggy Stooge and Iggy Pop (James Newell Osterberg, 21 April 1947, Muskegon, Michigan, USA) who assumed his unusual sobriquet in deference to the Iguanas, a high-school band in which he d Read more

The Velvet Underground - 15% match to David Bowie

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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The antithesis of late-60s west coast love and peace, New York, USA’s the Velvet Underground portrayed a darker side to that era’s hedonism. Their pulsating drive married with intellectual precision and resulted in one of rock’s most innovative and lasting catalogues. Lou Reed (Lewis Allen Rabinowitz, 2 March 1942, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA; guita Read more

Bauhaus - 14% match to David Bowie

Genres: Eclectic Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Originally known as Bauhaus 1919, this Northamptonshire, England-based quartet was formed by Peter Murphy (11 July 1957, Northamptonshire, England; vocals), Daniel Ash (b. 31 July 1957, Northampton, Northamptonshire, England; vocals/guitar), David Jay aka David J. (b. David Jay Haskins, 24 April 1957, Northampton, Northamptonshire, England; vocals/bass) and Kevin Haskins (b Read more

New Order - 14% match to David Bowie

Genres: Pop / Rock Spoken Word
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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When Joy Division’s Ian Curtis committed suicide in May 1980 the three remaining members, Bernard Sumner (Bernard Dicken, 4 January 1956, Broughton, Salford, Lancashire, England; guitar/vocals), Peter Hook (b. 13 February 1956, Salford, Lancashire, England; bass) and Stephen Morris (b. 28 October 1957, Macclesfield, Cheshire, England; drums) continued under the name New Read more

Japan - 13% match to David Bowie

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s
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Suede - 13% match to David Bowie

Genres: Folk Music Videos & Concerts Vocals
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Talking Heads - 13% match to David Bowie

Genres: Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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One of the most critically acclaimed bands of the post-punk era, Talking Heads pursued an idiosyncratic path of (often) uncompromising brilliance up to their acrimonious break-up in 1991. The band was formed by ex-Rhode Island School of Design, students David Byrne (14 May 1952, Dumbarton, Scotland; vocals, guitar), Chris Frantz (b. Charlton Christopher Frantz, 8 May 1951, F Read more

Blondie - 12% match to David Bowie

Genres: Dance Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Blondie was formed in New York City in 1974 when Deborah Harry (1 July 1945, Miami, Florida, USA; vocals), Chris Stein (b. 5 January 1950, Brooklyn, New York, USA; guitar), Fred Smith (bass) and Bill O’Connor (drums) abandoned the revivalist Stilettos for an independent musical direction. Briefly known as the Angel and the Snake, backing vocalists Julie and Jackie, then Read more


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