Some like Coke, some like Pepsi, some like RC. Some don't like cola sodas.Mainly what I know about David Bowie was china girl, let's dance and I try and I was judging him by those 3 songs. No offense bykfixer--everyone has different tastes and I feel like I may have stepped on your taste in music. Sorry about that.
Personally I have nothing against Michael McDonald as long as he stays with his solo career. He originally came in to give Tom Johnston (their original lead vocalist along with Patrick Simmons) some relief, but took over when Tom left the band due to his diabetes being out of control. He took a folksy rock band and put them into pop top 40. They didn't even sound like the same band with "when a fool believes" and "taking it to the streets" vs china grove, black water, long train running, and listen to the music. Tom's back now and has been back for a while, but I think during his absence Patrick Simmons took his place on vocals and lead guitar on the old stuff during concerts when McDonald was in there. Patrick did a fine job on the old stuff including china grove. Also the session guitarist from steely dan joined them, so they still had potential to rock during the McDonald years. I think the soul music they cranked out for the radio was just too bland/lame when McDonald was singing lead IMHO. Michael McDonald is back with them, but Tom Johnston is still in there also.
I grew up in a music family and have rather broad tastes. I have no strong feelings about MM, but when I read this and saw his name, it reminded me of a favorite song I listened to recently. I'm a Little Feat fan - esp. classics like 'Two Trains' and 'Fat Man in the Bathtub', etc), and although a little different from their usual fare, I especially like their 'Red Streamliner' number - it's a 'favorite'. MM did backup vocals on that song, and all I'll say is that they really picked the right guy for that job. He really enhanced the studio track of that song ('Time Loves a Hero' album). If you like MM at all, check that number out.