If (like Glitter and King) there were paedophilia charges made against him, I can quite easily imagine disowning him publically. The hassle of persauding others with the 'But he made good music!' argument and the persecution that would entail would probably not be worth it. So I guess I might occasionally spin Low on the quiet.
A far more likely scenario is that I become disinterested in Bowie's music and never play him anymore. I think about a year ago I went through a six month period where I probably played less than a dozen songs, though recently I've been listening to full albums again. Not sure whether that counts as 'abandoning' or simply putting him aside.
In reply to:
(WBB) One of the many things I love about Bowie is that he never got overtly political ... But mainly he's stuck to the "I'm an artist" mantra and avoided preaching.
I agree there are many more political musicians than Bowie, but artists are allowed to preach, aren't they?
In reply to:
(Dara) For me, Bowie the person is totally divorced from Bowie the artist. He doesn't have to be a nice person (though happily he seems to be): he just has to make great music.
I'm sure many people say that (and I'll believe you if it means I don't get labelled a 'little girl' again), though I think it's difficult to separate an artist's work from their celebrity. I know this is a fan site and is prone to attract people who are overly-enthustiastic (I'm gonna quote one in a minute), but it's hard to imagine that the person who writes the albums is an entirely separate being from the family man. Perhaps this is a little contrived, but if they were separate we would have sites devoted entirely to Bowie's music and sites dedicated to his status as a family man, possibily with some cross-over concerning dates of album releases and issues surrounding his health.
Or to put it another way, would Bowie have the same fanbase (including Dara) . . .
- if he was openly gay
- if he made (more) Nazi-sympathetic remarks
- if he murdered baby puppies or ripped the head off birds
- if he now looked like Keith Richards (arrrrrrghhhhhh! )
Actually, I promised to quote laby's_crotch_lady or whoever, and she doesn't seem to fit in now, but I'm going to quote her anyway (this was gbot's sig for a while):
I don't know about you guys, but I think David Bowie is the cutest!!!! He's so charming and just some of the stuff he says, his smile, and the expressions he makes are just so cute!!!
No never, no never no more
will I trust the elves of Dunsimore