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(1988 – 1992)

Tin Machine was a band formed in 1988, famous for being fronted by singer David Bowie.

The group recorded two studio albums and a live album before dissolving in 1992, when Bowie returned to his solo career. The group was generally reviled, often receiving scathing critical reviews.

David Bowie’s Never Let Me Down album (already a move into slightly “harder” rock territory) and subsequent “Glass Spider Tour” had been savaged by critics, and the singer was aware of his low stock. Eager to return to making music for himself rather than the mainstream audience he had acquired following the Let’s Dance album, Bowie began collaborating with Reeves Gabrels (who pushed the singer to rediscover his side and went on to work closely with Bowie for much of the next decade) and Erdal Kizilcay on new material in 1988. The first fruits of this came with a new version of Bowie’s 1979 song “Look Back in Anger”, performed at the “Intruders At The Palace” benefit concert on 1 July 1988. They then began to plan a concept album based on Steven Berkoff’s play East as a Bowie solo album, but this idea was scrapped. Bowie and Gabrels began working with producer Tim Palmer on new material. Bowie then recruited brothers Hunt Sales and Tony Sales (the sons of comedian Soupy Sales) as a rhythm section. Bowie had worked with them on Iggy Pop’s Lust For Life album and ran into them at a party in Los Angeles around this time.

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  • hamlet666olsdal

    very underrated band

    31 May 7:34pm Reply
  • inhocvince

    Heaven's in here

    24 Mar 7:40am Reply
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    13 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Pdna2

    Ha! Weak by Bowie's standards?? At the time, this band project woke Bowie up from his self-confessed "creative slumber." As he admits, he'd been churning out soulless pop for the "Pepsi generation" (TV ads and all) in a perpetual coked up haze before doing these albums with his old friends, the Sales brothers (from Lust For Life album) and innovative guitarist, Reeves Gabrels. Gabrels played a vital role in Bowie's 2nd lease on artistic life, staying on well beyond the Tin Machine albums. He had confronted Bowie personally about his increasingly bland output in the 80s, and Bowie listened. Also, the live shows were a breath of fresh air, with a stripped down but intense energy amplified by the small venues-- not the monstrous big hair spectacle of his 80s stadium-pop kitsch.

    22 Sep 2013 Reply
  • gokunirvana

    Weak? This must be one of the most underrated bands ever. They have many great tracks, and some of David Bowie's best vocal performances of his entire career (don't get me wrong, I love his voice). What's so bad about them? The lyrics? The playing? The production? I don't find anything wrong, I think people hate it because everyone else does it.

    4 Aug 2013 Reply
  • WalterDigsTunes

    Its weak by Bowie standards, but I must admit that the second album does have its moments.

    6 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Moonagedreams

    Never saw in all my life a more shining jewel... Tin Machine were great. David can do it all.

    21 May 2013 Reply
  • Lord_DeviL_

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    16 Apr 2013 Reply
  • HorrorChemical

    This band was such a fail.

    6 Apr 2013 Reply
  • monkeyofstik

    They rocked,they really did.

    23 Dec 2012 Reply
  • rustco

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    26 Oct 2012 Reply
  • fearimpaired

    n yes, i like it!

    25 Oct 2012 Reply
  • fearimpaired

    i'm going to tag this with "dance"

    25 Oct 2012 Reply
  • Mastah_Ev

    I hope it's worth listening, otherwise I'll be very disappointed by Bowie and frustrated.

    17 Sep 2012 Reply
  • drownedinsound2

    That guy 3rd from the left looks very familiar ; D

    9 Sep 2012 Reply
  • lyle_catcliffe

    not THAT bad.

    25 Aug 2012 Reply
  • Suck_

    David Bowie <3

    6 Apr 2012 Reply
  • Jim_Lithium

    Bowie's always been surfing the trends so going back to uncompromising rock'n'roll was probably seen as a disappointing move and a sign of failure at the time. Too bad. People also seemed to overlook that it wasn't a David Bowie album. Tin Machine is Tin Machine. It bothers me a bit that the reissue gives the artist as David Bowie too. I would imagine Iggy Pop/Stooges fans would like the sound of Tin Machine more than the usual Bowie crowd (the Sales brothers played with Iggy back in '75-'77 so no wonder).

    3 Mar 2012 Reply
  • inhocvince

    TM is soo much better live!

    18 Jan 2012 Reply
  • the_last_word

    In 1989 Tin Machine was portrayed as a joke by rags like the NME. Evidently, I was an impressionable teenage reader and just never bothered with Bowie. This year I've finally got around to exploring Bowie's back catalogue. I must say the NME hacks were wrong, Tin Machine stands it's ground as yet another well executed phase of his career.

    6 Dec 2011 Reply
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