David Bowie came up with the Stones-y riff for “Rebel Rebel” in order to “piss off” Mick Jagger, says guitarist Alan Parker.

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David Bowie came up with the Stones-y riff for “Rebel Rebel” in order to “piss off” Mick Jagger, says guitarist Alan Parker.

Parker performed on the track and a number of other songs on Bowie’s 1974 LP, Diamond Dogs, which also featured the Stones-influenced title track.

“He said, ‘I’ve got this riff and it’s a bit Rolling Stonesy – I just want to piss Mick off a bit’,” remembers Parker. “I spent about three-quarters of an hour to an hour with him working on the guitar riff – he had it almost there, but not quite.

“We got it there, and he said, ‘Oh, we’d better do a middle…’ So he wrote something for the middle, put that in. Then he went off and sorted some lyrics. And that was us done.”

The hedonistic story of Diamond Dogs is told in the new issue of Uncut, including interviews with a host of people involved in the creation of the album and in Bowie’s fascinating transition from Ziggy Stardust to a ‘plastic soul’ crooner.

The new Uncut is out on Friday (February 28).

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  • https://omni-11.com JD Gragg

    David Bowie arrived 1/8/1947 – BlackStar arrived 1/10/2016
    – So the Monday after reading about the death of David Bowie I read Sammy Hagar (The Red Rocker) as he spoke about how David had influenced him so much and he really wished that he had met him. …So I replied to Sammy that “You did Sammy, you have met him, as once you hear David Bowie and he enters your soul, you know him and you will never be the same again, ever! – – – – I then mentioned how strange it is that when there is someone you’ve never met before passes, you can still feel such a
    loss. ….David stayed up with me many a lonely night over the last 45 years – making my bad days better – my nights brighter, all while making me a better musician. …What a talent. – What a career. – What a loss. – What a soul and thank you for sharing it and thanks for touching mine. -J.D.Gragg

    ps; We all know there is a footprint on the Moon – now we know there is one on Mars, David Bowie’s.