Quotes & Stuff
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
'm always amazed
that people take what I say seriously. I don't even take what I am
Bowie quote from Playboy interview in 1975
"Hitler was the first rock
star. He staged a whole country'. There's also another quote 'When you think
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
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,
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,
I didn't feel like writing it all. I felt much more like laying back and
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
heavy since '68. I had a silly flirtation with smack then, but it was only
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
over it, absolutely bonkers. He said "This is it, look no further. This
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"
"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..."
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
“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
“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"
"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
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
Within you, The Labyrinth
"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”
in Dead man Walking, Earthling
“I’m floating in the most peculiar way, and
the stars look very different today”
Space Oddity, Space
“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