Changes

Hunky Dory, 1971

Classic Rock - - David Bowie -

with ben­e­fit of hind­sight, Hunky Dory’s open­ing track has been iden­ti­fied as Bowie’s defin­ing state­ment, a catchy man­i­festo for an ever-evolv­ing ca­reer of risk­tak­ing, as­sim­i­la­tion and stay­ing one step ahead of the com­pe­ti­tion. With Bowie, new sounds and new styles al­ways co­ex­isted. He was as much an ever-on-trend fash­ion icon as he was a mu­si­cal in­no­va­tor, and, com­plete with the hubris of youth, Changes was his state­ment of in­tent. “I guess it was me be­ing ar­ro­gant,” Bowie ad­mit­ted in 2002. “It’s say­ing: ‘I’m go­ing to be so fast you’re not go­ing to be able to catch up with me.’”

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