The Only David Bowie Song That Keith Richards Could Remember
Keith Richards is a musician who received worldwide fame as the guitarist, secondary vocalist, songwriter, and co-founder of the iconic Rolling Stones. Throughout his career in the band, his songwriting partnership with Mick Jagger has become considered among the most successful in music history.
Before forming the Rolling Stones, Keith Richards and Mick Jagger were childhood friends and classmates. After noticing they have the same musical taste, they started jamming together and performed as the Stones on July 12, 1962. Following that, Rolling Stones rapidly rose to fame and found a place among the most successful rock acts in the scene.
In those days, David Bowie was also making music efforts, and there were rumors about Mick Jagger and Bowie having an affair. Due to their close relationship, Keith Richards didn’t like Bowie and was resentful. According to the guitarist, he only remembered one song by David Bowie, although the rock icon released many hits. Let’s learn which song that was.
Keith Richards Stated The Only David Bowie Song He Remembers Is ‘Changes’
In 2007, Keith Richards gave an interview to Uncut magazine to express how he felt about David Bowie. During the conversation, he claimed that he is not a fan of Bowie, and he only remembers the song ‘Changes’ from Bowie’s ‘Hunky Dory’ album.
Besides, Richards expressed his thoughts on David’s stage personas and famous alter-egos. The guitarist claimed what Bowie does has nothing to do with music, and it’s all posing. According to the guitarist, there is no other song except ‘Changes’ that could make his hair stand up.
Keith Richards told Uncut about David Bowie the following:
“It’s all pose, it’s all f*cking posing. It’s nothing to do with music. He knows it too. I can’t think of anything else he’s done that would make my hair stand up.”
‘Changes’ appeared on David Bowie’s 1971 album ‘Hunky Dory’ and was released as a single from the album on January 7, 1972. Following the release, the song didn’t receive the expected success, but with the release of ‘The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars,’ the song received attention.
Now regarded as one of Bowie’s best songs, ‘Changes’ is also considered a manifesto of the iconic musician’s entire career. As it seems, the song was also stuck in Keith Richards’ mind, although kind of negatively. Following the death of Bowie, however, Richards’ thoughts about the musician have changed. So, it is possible that the guitarist now has different thoughts about ‘Changes.’
You can listen to David Bowie’s ‘Changes’ below.