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When it was finished, on the last day of the last mix, I remember telling David, 'I've had it, I can't work like this anymore — I'm through David was very disappointed. I hated the actual process of making it. Bowie's original recording is described by author Peter Doggett as "enigmatic", while Nicholas Pegg describes it as giving an "unassuming air of pathos and menace".
According to Doggett, the song's title has multiple "precursors": including a Robert A. Pegg suggests that the title partly reflects an element of "self-disgust" Bowie has over the thought of "losing control" and "selling" his private life via profoundly personal music. The lyrics are noted as very cryptic and evocative; in Doggett's words, "begging but defying interpretation. Not me". Perone wrote,. Bowie encounters the title character, but it is not clear just what the phrase means, or exactly who this man is.
The main thing that the song does is to paint — however elusively — the title character as another example of the societal outcasts who populate the album. In common with a number of tracks on the album, the song's themes have been compared to the horror - fantasy works of H. Following Bowie's death in , Rolling Stone listed the song as one of his 30 essential songs. Pegg calls this version "superb". Performances from these venues have been released on Bowie at the Beeb and Glastonbury , respectively.
The song has been covered by hundreds of artists,  which many critics have noted has saved the song from falling into obscurity. The most popular covers include Scottish singer Lulu , whose version produced a UK top ten hit in and was produced by Bowie and Ronson,  Scottish musician Midge Ure in , whose cover of the song was featured in the video game Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain , and the American rock band Nirvana , whose performance of the song for the television program MTV Unplugged introduced it to a new audience.
I added some backing vocals and a sonar blip and sculpted the piece a little so that there was more contour to it. In , on what would have been Bowie's 73rd birthday, a previously unreleased acoustic version, recorded for the ChangesNowBowie documentary in during the Earthling sessions, was released. According to Kevin Cann: . The song was covered by the Scottish singer Lulu in , who, according to biographer David Buckley, performed it in "a sleazy, almost Berlin cabaret style".
I loved everything he did. I didn't think 'The Man Who Sold the World' was the greatest song for my voice, but it was such a strong song in itself.
I had no idea what it was about. In the studio Bowie kept telling me to smoke more cigarettes, to give my voice a certain quality. I was keen to get something fixed up, because I really have always thought that Lulu has incredible potential as a rock singer. I didn't think this potential had been fully realised According to Pegg, this outfit bore a "remarkable resemblance" to the wardrobe of Bowie's future persona the Thin White Duke.
All songs written by David Bowie. Cobain found great interest in the title track and was surprised to learn it was by Bowie. Brian Kay of Classic Rock History called their performance of the song "haunting" and "mesmerising".
Bowie said of Nirvana's cover: "I was simply blown away when I found that Kurt Cobain liked my work, and have always wanted to talk to him about his reasons for covering 'The Man Who Sold the World ' " and that "it was a good straight forward rendition and sounded somehow very honest.
It would have been nice to have worked with him, but just talking with him would have been real cool. I always felt my weight in Europe, but not [in the US]. This was a man with the world at his finger tips, and he gave it all up". In , an electric guitar version appeared on Nirvana's Live and Loud video album, which was also released digitally and on vinyl in Vincent on guitar to perform the song at a charity event for The Art of Elysium 's annual Heaven gala.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. I guess I wrote it because there was a part of myself that I was looking for … that song for me always exemplified kind of how you feel when you're young, when you know there's a piece of yourself that you haven't really put together yet — you have this great searching, this great need to find out who you really are.
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