Bowie's Rough Edge

WHEN David Bowie was recording the first Tin Machine album in Sydney, he popped in to say hello to local band Celibate Rifles.

David's attempt to make a rough and raucous rock album met with mixed reaction overseas, but Australian critics observed it was highly derivative of The Rifles. Undeterred, Bowie made an equally noisy follow-up album with Tin Machine, but shelved it for the more radio-friendly Black Tie White Noise solo LP when he changed labels.

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