I had seen Bowie and Cher's disco goofball Young Americans medley from her show, circa 1975 (where David still manages to rise about the cheese), but I can't believe that, until last night, I'd never encountered this rather singular performance of him singing "Fame" on the show. As the video description points out, this performance uses a different backing track for him to sing to than the one found on the record, also making it extra special.
Fame, what you need is in the limo
Fame, what you get is no tomorrow
If this track, that Carlos Alomar guitar strut, and that rhythm section don't make you at least think about clucking around your hab unit like a funky chicken, you ain't doin' it right.
Legendary guitarist, producer, and composer Nile Rodgers—co-founder of Chic—tells the story of transforming David Bowie's "Let's Dance" from its original "folky" vibe into the post-funk masterpiece we know and love. And for more, dig the below demo of "Let's Dance" that Rodgers shared in 2018 on what would have been Bowie's 71st birthday: (via Kottke)
Advice from David Bowie for artists: "always remember that the reason that you initially started working was that there was something inside yourself that you've felt that if you could manifest it in some way you would understand more about yourself and how you coexist with the rest of society." [via @ThamKhaiMeng]
"The lives of the rock stars are really not as strange as the lives of the fans." And here's Bowie's performance from the show that aired on December 5, 1974:
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