Nine Inch Nails – The Downward Spiral

Part 14 of a series that will run every Friday throughout 2012 as I discuss records that have affected me throughout the years – Flashback Fridays

It seems strange but in 1995 David Bowie wasn’t really considered all that cool anymore. Sure, his 70’s (and for the truly hip, even his late 60’s singles) records would always have new fans and admirers – people who would hear 1 classic record and instantly have to buy them all. It was generally accepted that everything up through Scary Monsters ranged from good to masterpiece while he quickly dropped off as he made a bid for the mainstream with 1983’s Let’s Dance (compare Bowie’s version of China Girl to Iggy Pop’s from 1977. You’ll see what I mean). After a few middling records followed by a stint as “just one of the guys” in the band Tin Machine, Bowie seemed to be making strides towards getting his 70’s mojo back. 1993’s Black Tie White Noise was a nice start in this direction and 1995’s Outside took it a step further. Compounding all of this, Nirvana’s cover of “The Man Who Sold the World” from Bowie’s 1970 album was constantly on the radio in the aftermath of Kurt Cobain‘s suicide.

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