David Bowie was easily one of the most influential musicians of all time. Every era of music that has followed the 60’s/70’s classic rock era has featured artists who were influenced by Bowie. In the 80’s you had bands like The Smiths, whose frontman Morrissey definitely carried on Bowie’s sense of style and lyrical phrasing. In the 90’s, artists like late Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland cited Bowie as one of their top musical influences, with Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor even reworking “I’m Afraid Of Americans” to help Bowie have his biggest hit in years.
The 2000’s had bands like The Killers who helped revive Bowie’s dark glam rock sound, with Bowie giving one of his final live performances with Arcade Fire. In this article, we are focusing on the greatest Bowie covers performed by 90’s alternative rock artists. Rest in peace David.
Drummer Tim “Herb” Alexander, longtime Primus member, has suffered a heart attack and will undergo emergency open-heart surgery this upcoming week, according to a post to Puscifer’s Facebook page.
The veteran drummer has played on seven Primus albums, including notable releases Sailing the Seas of Cheese and Pork Soda in the early 1990s. In addition to his work with Primus, Alexander has contributed to Puscifer and was an early drummer in A Perfect Circle.
After two stints in Primus from 1989 to 1996 and 2003 to 2010, AlternativeNation contributor Greg Prato reported via Rolling Stone in 2013 that Alexander had returned to the band. Primus currently has several tour dates planned for September. Watch Primus perform “Jerry Was A Race Car Driver” at their legendary Woodstock ’94 performance below:
UPDATE: According to Primus’ Facebook page, Tim Alexander will undergo a bypass procedure to remove blockage from arteries near his heart. Primus frontman Les Claypool writes: “let’s all throw our coins in the nearest fountain, wish on the first star of the night, blow out the birthday cake candles with him in mind, pray to whichever deity seems appropriate and generally send good thoughts his way so we can soon, once again, experience the glory that is the magnificent percussive rhythm of the mighty Tim Alexander.”