Justin Timberlake Says ‘SEXYBACK’ Got Its Sexy From David Bowie TrendyVoice

9 July 2016

Justin Timberlake Says ‘SEXYBACK’ Got Its Sexy From David Bowie

Believe it or not, it's been a full 10 years
since Justin Timberlake first declared in
his distorted, half-spoken drawl, "I'm
bringin' sexy back (yeah!)."

To ring in the anniversary of his 2006 album
FutureSex/ LoveSounds, Entertainment
Weekly spoke to Timberlake and the key
players involved in the making of its lead
single, "SexyBack." Among the most
interesting anecdotes about the clubby,
twitchy track is JT's revelation that he and
producer Timbaland were heavily inspired by
the late David Bowie.

"I was listening to a lot of [David] Bowie at
that time — Ziggy Stardust and Diamond
Dogs — and I played 'Rebel Rebel' over and
over again, like, 15 times the day before I
wrote anything for 'SexyBack,'" Timberlake

He also acknowledged the inspiration from
other '70s new wave bands, saying, "We
were interested in taking those new-wave
synth sounds that were made popular by
bands like Tears for Fears and the Human
League and seeing how much R&B we could
add to that sound. We wanted to take those
synth sounds and make them arpeggiated,
almost like what's very common with EDM

For more on the making of "SexyBack" —
including fun tidbits about the genesis of JT
and Timbaland's back-and-forth wordplay
and how they toasted the song with Cristal —
head to EW. And in the meantime, let's all
bask in the eternal sexiness of "SexyBack."
Go 'head, be gone with it.

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