Tin Machine were an English-American hard rock band formed in 1988, famous for being fronted by English singer-songwriter David Bowie. The band consisted of Bowie on lead vocals and guitar, Reeves Gabrels on guitar, Tony Sales on bass, and Hunt Sales on drums (both Tony and Hunt are the sons of comedian Soupy Sales). Guitarist Kevin Armstrong was an unofficial fifth member of the band, playing on both the first studio album and first tour. The group recorded two studio albums before dissolving in 1992, when Bowie returned to his solo career. Drummer Hunt Sales said that the group's name "reflects the sound of the band," and Bowie stated that he and his bandmates joined up "to make the kind of music that we enjoyed listening to" and to rejuvenate himself artistically. Over the course of their career, the band sold two million albums.
Bowie would later credit his time with Tin Machine as instrumental in revitalizing his career in the 1990s.