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The Townleybomb - 2011-08-07

Somebody should give like the guy from Coldplay all the coke he can do and see if that makes him awesome as well!

chairsforcheap - 2011-08-07

unfortunately that guy is a cunt, and bowie is a genius on the level of steven hawking... so i'm not sure what the results would be. Entertaining, no doubt.

StanleyPain - 2011-08-07

Are you sure that copious, possible lethal, levels of cocaine would not make Coldplay more awesome?

chairsforcheap - 2011-08-07

oh dude there's not part of me that's saying feeding chris martin obscene amounts of coke for 10+ years WOULDN'T be amazingly entertaining, they just wouldn't make a Low

chairsforcheap - 2011-08-07

btw, MORE awesome? you can't multiply by zero

duck&cover - 2011-08-07

Leisure-suit Cavett.

ashtar. - 2011-08-07

He wanted to make a whole musical based on 1984.
A musical version of Orwell's 1984 done by a coke-fueled thin-white-duke era David Bowie.
Orwell's estate wouldn't give him the rights.
Those fucking scabby cunting pricks.

cognitivedissonance - 2011-08-07

He showed them by refusing to have the face he deserved at 50.

ashtar. - 2011-08-07

Indeed. Revenge is a dish best served... old.

Oscar Wildcat - 2011-08-07

Amen to that, Ashtar. But the half completed project was still a great touring show. Apparently he went broke doing it, and finished the tour with a soul band working up the "Young Americans" album.

BTW, this clip was weak. Post the whole interview, Baleen. It's incredible.

baleen - 2011-08-08

The whole interview is already on here. This clip is to promote the whole interview.

wtf japan - 2011-08-10

It's gone now, and I'm too lazy to find it again.

MyNameIsUnimportant - 2011-08-07

What we're looking at here is the world's most interesting cane.

Mancakes - 2011-08-07

He sure does love touching it.

StanleyPain - 2011-08-07

Think White Duke-era Bowie looked like he should have made cooler music, but he didn't. Blame the coke, I guess. It makes you look cool, but also completely screws up your idea of what's awesome.

John Holmes Motherfucker - 2011-08-07

Old Guy speaks:

Maybe you think Dick Cavett is a cunt, but he did a great job of summing up the air of mystery and excitement that surrounded Bowie in the 70s, at least in the US. There was no internet, no VCRs, no MTV. Cable as we know it did not exist. Bowie was talked about far more often than he was seen, so that all he had to do was mumble something completely unintelligible in a TV commercial and it would command your attention.


When Bowie appeared on TV, people talked about it. I've never seen this performance before now, but I sure heard about it. My English teacher, Mr. Carulla, talked about it. Lance Loud (Google him) mentioned it in his column for CREEM. Generally speaking, everybody thought it was a disaster, like everything Bowie did at this time. ROLLING STONE called YOUNG AMERICANS a "fucked-up album from a fucked-up star." During Bowie's tour, ZOO WORLD (don't bother Googling it) ran an article entitled "Rebel Rebel, your show is a mess."

In retrospect, it's pretty funny. Nothing Bowie ever did shocked or upset people as much as when he stopped shaving his eyebrows and being the freaky glitter queen, and started dressing like something out of THE GREAT GATSBY. (One of the songs on Young Americans "Can You Hear Me" seems to me like it could be based on GATSBY). People couldn't cope. He was wearing SUSPENDERS, for fuck's sake!

I was surprised that he did "1984".. He may have been deliberately inviting comparison to his last much-talked about TV performance only 14 months earlier on the Midnight Special.


(This may not be the same performance, but it looks exactly like the one I remember , right down to the human "Titles" at the beginning, and the slow motion replay of the costume being ripped off. I just submitted this clip to 73Q.)

Time has a way of being on David Bowie's side. Now that I've finally seen it, the Cavett appearance doesn't seem like a disaster at all. Though he looks terrifyingly thin, he sounds good. (I think it may have been heroin, not cocaine, that was the problem. ) "YOUNG AMERICANS" doesn't sound fucked up. I've got it on my hard drive right now.

baleen - 2011-08-08

Everything Bowie did up to & including Scary Monsters was interesting and unique. Some of it is classic, some of it you wouldn't put on at a party exactly, but it's all interesting. Few artists can get away with being so eclectic.

Lord Running Clam - 2011-08-08

Dick Cavett was always terrible. He had amazing guests but he was a terrible interviewer.


John Holmes Motherfucker - 2011-08-08

Maybe, but getting the amazing guests is about 90 per cent of it.

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