David Bowie Was 'The Master of Reinvention,' Wolfmother's Andrew Stockdale Says

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David Bowie photographed in 1983. 

David Bowie had 30 age years and nearly 50 recording years on Andrew Stockdale, but the Wolfmother leader was still inextricably influenced by the late rock icon and was incredibly moved when one of his record company executives contacted him at home in Byron Bay, Australia, to tell him of Bowie's death.

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"I totally remember when we made the first record [in 2005], we had Bowie live at the Hammersmith Apollo on the TV the whole time," Stockdale tells Billboard. "I listened to a lot of Bowie, actually, back in the day. 'Under Pressure,' I love that, all the stuff, even his most recent stuff too. He made it through the '70s and '80s and a little bit of the '90s. He was the master of reinvention."

And Bowie's image changes were as important to Stockdale as his musical manipulation. "Y'know, rock 'n' roll can get very macho, and it's good to have people like Bowie to kind of remind people to be in touch with their feminine side and [be] creative, like ham it up a little bit and even have that androgynous thing," Stockdale says.

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He adds that Wolfmother had a "Bowie-esque" track for its upcoming Victorious album, due Feb. 19, that was not finished for the set. And don't be surprised if some Bowie material makes it into the group's sets on tour as a kind of homage. "After I heard [the news], I started thinking that isn't it amazing that we caught all these bands and these people," Stockdale notes, "to be in this profound shift in pop culture which has happened in the last 50 years or so, and now it's coming to an end. I definitely think that generation, they're like the masters. They'll be revered for a long time, I think -- probably forever."


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