David Bowie recorded the original version of the classic rock song “The Man Who Sold the World” and Nirvana later covered it. During an interview, Bowie made some critical comments about Nirvana. Bowie also revealed what he was thinking when fans mistakenly believed that “The Man Who Sold the World” was originally a Nirvana song.
David Bowie said Nirvana was not as good as another American rock band from the same era
From the book Bowie on Bowie: Interviews and Meetings with David Bowie, the “Space Oddity” singer criticized Nirvana. “I have to say I was troubled to learn that the Pixies had gone their separate ways,” he said. “This was the band that I thought was going to perform in a big way, and I was a little upset when Nirvana came in using the same musical dynamic.” Bowie noted that the Pixies songs and Nirvana songs had soft verses and strong choruses. He also felt that the Pixies’ Black Francis was a better lyricist than Kurt Cobain.
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What Young Fans Mistakenly Said About “The Man Who Sold The World”
Bowie also discussed the interpretation of his old hits at a festival. “I was pretty upset to see so many people singing the songs,” he said. “And they were such a young audience, younger than most of my fans. Some of my recent albums were picked up by the 90s generation, but they don’t know the early stuff. I think that’s a surprise. when they hear them all at the same time and say to themselves: “Did he write that?” “
Many young Americans mistakenly thought that “The Man Who Sold the World” was a Nirvana song that Bowie covered while it was a Bowie song that Nirvana covered. “I know that because, especially in America, when I do ‘The Man Who Sold The World’, the number of kids that come after and say, ‘It’s cool that you do a Nirvana song,'” he said. Bowie said. “And I think, ‘Fuck you, little pitcher!'”
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How the world reacted to David Bowie and Nirvana’s versions of “The Man Who Sold the World”
Bowie’s “The Man Who Sold the World” appeared on the album of the same name. Bowie never released the song as a single, so it never made it to the Billboard Hot 100; however, her parent album became a minor success. The man who sold the world reached No.105 on the Billboard 200 and remained on the chart for 23 weeks.
Nirvana has never released their version of “The Man Who Sold the World” as a single. Nirvana’s cover of the song featured on the live album MTV unplugged in New York. MTV unplugged in New York reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and lasted 100 weeks on the chart. None of Nirvana’s other albums have been on the chart longer, with the exception of It does not matter. Bowie wrote “The Man Who Sold the World”; however, the Nirvana cover appeared on a more popular album.
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