Plastic soul

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Not to be confused with Rubber Soul.

Plastic soul is a term coined during the 1960s by popular black musicians to describe Mick Jagger, a white musician singing soul music.[citation needed]

Paul McCartney later referenced the phrase as the name of The Beatles album Rubber Soul, which was inspired by the term "plastic soul".[1] In a studio conversation recorded in June 1965 after recording the first take of "I'm Down", McCartney says "Plastic soul, man. Plastic soul."[2]

David Bowie described his own funky, soulful songs released in the early to mid-1970s as "plastic soul". These singles sold well, and Bowie became one of the few white performers to be invited to perform on Soul Train.[3] In a 1976 Playboy interview, Bowie described his recent album Young Americans as "the definitive plastic soul record. It's the squashed remains of ethnic music as it survives in the age of Muzak, written and sung by a white limey."[3] Bowie's most commercially successful album, Let's Dance, has also been described as plastic soul.[4]

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  1. ^ The Beatles (2000). The Beatles Anthology. San Francisco: Chronicle Books. p. 194. ISBN 0-8118-2684-8. 
  2. ^ Anthology 2 (booklet). The Beatles. London: Apple Records. 1996. 34448. 
  3. ^ a b "Interview with David Bowie". Playboy. September 1976. 
  4. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine". AllMusic. Retrieved 17 March 2016.