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David Bowie, reminiscing about the late, great Beatle:
"I once asked [John] Lennon what he thought of what I do. He said 'it's great, but its jut rock and roll with lipstick on'."
'm always amazed that people take what I say seriously. I don't even take  what I am seriously."

Bowie quote from Playboy interview  in 1975 he said:
"Hitler was the first rock star. He staged a whole country'. There's also another quote 'When you think about it,
Adolf  Hitler was the first pop star. It certainly wasn't his politics. He was a media pop star ... Hitler was a terrible
military strategist. But his overall objective was very good. He was a tremendous morale booster."

"I was really trying to push my musicians into experimental music. I really didn't  succeeded that much, except that
I got some quite extraordinary things out of Earl Slick. I think it captured his imagination to make noises on guitar,
and textures, rather than playing the right notes. Station To Station was really the rock-format version of what was
to come Low and Heroes. I was at the time well into German electronic music - Can, and all that. And Kraftwerk
had made a big  impression on me. I thought they were quite wonderful."

'I wanted to go back to a kind of Expressionist German-film look. A feeling of a
Berlinesque performer-black waistcoat, black trousers, white shirt, and the
lighting of, say, Fritz Lang, or Pabst. A black-and-white-movies look, but with an
intensity that was sort of aggressive. I think for me, personally, theatrically, that was
the most successful tour I've ever done'.


"Poor Jim [Jimmy Osterberg is Pop's real name], in a way, became a guinea pig for
what I wanted to do with sound. I didn't have the material at the time, and
I didn't feel like writing it all. I felt much more like laying back and getting behind
someone else's work, so that album was opportune, creatively'.

Bowie also co-wrote with Iggy some of the songs in Lust For Life. Both of these albums were
released in 1977.  He used a few of the songs on these albums later on in his '80s albums.
The most famous covers are for Tonight and China Girl.


 "I suppose I've been knocking on heaven's door for about eleven years now, with one
sort of high or another. The only kinds of drugs I use, though, are ones
that keep me working for longer periods of time. I haven't gotten involved in anything
heavy since '68. I had a silly flirtation with smack then, but it was only for the
mystery and enigma of trying it". (1979)


 "One day in Berlin, Eno came running in and said "I've heard the sound of the future"
and I said "Come on, we're supposed to be doing it right now". He said
"No listen to this", and he puts on I Feel Love by Donna Summer. Eno had gone bonkers
over it, absolutely bonkers. He said "This is it, look no further. This single
is going to change the sound of club music for the next fifteen years" which was more
or less right".


Occupations: Actor, Writer, Musician, Producer


"For me, it was the joy of re-creating
the gleeful mischief of the Dada era and
applying it to rock--that kind of juxtaposition,
that synthesis, always excites me because it takes two known
ingredients and produces a third, totally new thing. You don't stick with
communism, and you don't stick with capitalism--you take the best of
both and create a new way, a new system that has no name. That's
really what I think my work does. I create the little monsters of our
time." --Interview, February 1997


If you took a couple of David Bowies and stuck one of the David Bowies on the top of the
other David Bowie, then attached another David Bowie to the end of each of the arms of the
upper of the first two David Bowies and wrapped the whole business up in a dirty beach robe you
would then have something which didn't exactly look like John Watson, but which those who
knew him would find hauntingly familiar.

Douglas Adams - So long and thanks for all the fish
 "If it's not the side effects of the cocaine, I'm thinking that it must be love"
 David Bowie

"Pop stars are capable of growing old. Mick Jagger at 50 will be marvelous - a battered old roue - I can just see him. An aging rock star doesn't have to opt out life. When I'm 50, I'll prove it..."
David Bowie,1979

ON BEING FIFTY - "Fab. But, you know, I don't feel fifty. I feel not a day over forty-nine. It's incredible. I'm bouncy, I feel bouncy" David Bowie

“It's true--I am a bisexual. But I can't deny that I've used that fact very well. I suppose it's the best thing that ever happened to me. Fun, to.”  David Bowie

“I've always been very chauvinistic, even in my boy-obsessed days. But I was always a gentleman. I alwaysd treated my boys like real ladies. Always escorted them properly and, in fact, I suppose if I were a lot older--like 40 or 50--I'd be a wonderful sugar daddy to some little queen down in Kensington. I'd have a houseboy
named Richard to order around.” David Bowie

"God thinks he's all that and a bag of chips."  David Bowie

"I'm looking for backing for an unauthorized auto-biography that I am writing. Hopefully, this will sell in such huge numbers that I will be able to sue myself for an extraordinary amount of money and finance the film version in which I will play everybody."
David Bowie

“Sharing the stage with him (Bowie) is such a pleasure. He’s such a gentlemen, just so genuine and giving, that it’s hard not to fall in love with him.”  Brian Molko lead singer of “Placebo”

“I went to glam shows and was inspired by Bowie...” Jay Gordon lead singer of “Orgy”

"David Bowie is SO cool...anybody who doesn't like David Bowie is no longer my friend"
Amet Zappa(?) host of MTV's "Web Riot"

Quotes From Songs

"Something kind of hit me today, I looked at you and wondered if you saw things my way" 

We are the dead, Diamond Dogs

"He took it all too far, but boy could he play guitar"

Ziggy Stardust, Ziggy Stardust and the spiders from mars

"Oh shadow love was quick and clean, life's a well thumbed machine"

John I'm only dancing, (I forgot the album, forgive me!)

"Beware the savage Jaw of 1984"
1984, diamond dogs

"You starve and near exhaust me Everything I've done I've done for you I move the stars for no one"
Within you, The Labyrinth soundtrack

"Theres such a sad love Deep in your eyes, a kind of pale jewel open and close within your eyes I'll place the sky within you eyes" -
As the world falls down, The Labyrinth soundtrack

"I'll place the moon within you heart"
As the world falls down, The Labyrinth soundtrack

“And I’m gone gone gone, spinning slack through reality, dance my way falling up throught the years till I swivel back round when I fly fly fly Losing breath from the water till I’m gone gone gone”
Background vocals in Dead man Walking, Earthling

“I’m floating in the most peculiar way, and the stars look very different today”
Space Oddity, Space Oddity

“But we can’t stop trying till we break up our minds ‘Til the sun drips blood on the seedy young knights”
Sweet thing, Diamond Dogs

“I would take a foxy kind of stand, while tens of thousands found me in demand”
Rock ‘N’ Roll With Me, Diamond Dogs

“I’m drawn between the light and dark”
Quicksand, Hunky Dory

Links to sites about David Bowie

too long to list entire url
yahoo/geocities bowie listing

http://starling.rinet.ru/music/bowie.htm  (one of my favortites,  not real reverential but amusing)



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