Thursday, 7 April 2016

F - Fame

Fame, makes a man take things over
Fame, lets him loose, hard to swallow
Fame, puts you there where things are hollow

Written in collaboration with Carlos Alomar and John Lennon, "Fame" was recorded at the Electric Lady Studios in New York and released as a single in July 1975 with "Right" as the B-side.  Lennon's voice can be heard near the end of the song.  An extended version is the final track on the album Young Americans, and also appeared on the 1976 compilation ChangesOneBowie.

The song carries a funky style and has angry overtones; Bowie later admitted that the malice was partly aimed at then-manager Tony Defries and the Mainman Group's contract, from which he had been trying to extricate himself.  In 1990 Bowie reflected: "Fame itself is not a rewarding thing."

"Fame" was Bowie's biggest hit in America up to that point, becoming the Number One single on the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S. and on the RPM Top Singles in Canada.  Bowie would claim that he had no idea that the song would do so well.

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