Thousands petition against Kanye West’s rumored David Bowie tribute album
A petition against Kanye West’s rumored David Bowie tribute album has amassed over 15,000 signatures.
It all started when The Daily Star reported — in an article that is apparently not online but has been widely quoted — that the American hiphop icon was planning a tribute album to the recently departed rock and pop icon. Via The Mirror:
A source said: “Some are straightforward cover versions with Kanye actually singing. On others he is rapping with his own lyrics over Bowie’s music.”
The insider added: “He is determined to carry on David’s work as a musical innovator. He says that the torch has been passed to him.”
This was a believable enough thing for Kanye to have said that a lot of people got very, very angry. But don’t take my word for it, look at the angry tweets:
Remember how awful Kanye West was when singing Bohemian Rhapsody? Just think of how awful his tribute album to David Bowie is going to be…
— Myranda (@myranduhplease) January 20, 2016
Please can Kanye just fuck off with his awful idea of a Bowie covers album. He will destroy it with his grandiose bullshit — Argh, it’s Rob! (@RobWolg) January 19, 2016
Kanye West is going to rap over Bowie tracks, and Glenn Frey has passed away. Today is just full of awful.
— Ryan Walton (@ClarkGriswold76) January 18, 2016
Even aging rockstar David Crosby piled on for some reason:
Kanye …why don’t you create something yourself instead of spewing more awful poetry over someone else’s work yet again — David Crosby (@thedavidcrosby) January 20, 2016
— MickeyJoe49 (@mickeyjoe49) January 19, 2016
This momentum snowballed into a UK-based petition called “Stop Kanye West Recording Covers of David Bowie’s Music,” which as of this writing has amassed some 15,496 signatures. It’s unclear just which authority figure they think they are petitioning who has the power to stop him — Scotland Yard? Barack Obama? God? — but here are some representative comments [sic. everything]:
Hes an untalented arsewipe! How dare him use David Bowie to cash in on more money!!!
David Bowie deserves a proper tribute. The man has a constellation in the sky. Kanye West is not a musician, despite proclaiming the self-imposed “greatest rock and roll star ever”.
No, no, no, Kanye, just don’t. David Bowie was and will always be one of the most influent and brilliant artists of our time, please don’t think that you are worthy of covering any of his material, YOU ARE NOT.
Becasue Davis Bowie is a legend and Kanye West is a bell-end
This anger continues to rage, despite the fact that West denied through his rep on Wednesday that he was planning anything of the sort.
To which I say: But what if he was? As Joe Muggs at The Guardian points out, West is the kind of musical innovator who’s not afraid to experiment with new sounds, talk about political issues, and make complex and risky albums. Not that it’s a competition, but that sounds a lot more faithful to the spirit of Bowie than those who slavishly revere the music of the past and would seek to calcify Bowie’s body of work like an untouchable relic in a museum. I mean, it’s not like he’d be going back and re-recording Bowie’s old masters with himself on them. A bad tribute would take away nothing from Bowie’s legacy and a good one would add to it.
Like the recent petition by Kanye haters to cancel his performance at Glastonbury, this whole kerfuffle smacks of musical ignorance and thinly veiled racism. I invite everyone incensed by West’s arrogance to start similar petitions against Lou Reed, Axl Rose, and the fucking Beatles.
David Bowie was one of my most important inspirations, so fearless, so creative, he gave us magic for a lifetime. — KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) January 11, 2016
[h/t The Independent]