Monday, 11 April 2016
I - I'm Afraid of Americans
No tricks at the wheel
No-one needs anyone
They don't even just pretend
This song was co-written by David Bowie and Brian Eno during the sessions for Bowie's 1995 album Outside. However it wasn't released in its finished form until a version of it was used in the film Showgirls, after which it was remade for the album Earthling in 1997.
Bowie mentioned in interviews that the song was meant as a protest against the invasion of other countries by American corporations and homogenized culture. Other speculation is that the singer is also afraid of the gratuitous violence depicted within mass entertainment - the music video spotlights this as it shows the main character being stalked through the streets of New York.
The song has been covered many times, particularly by the group Nine Inch Nails. It also appears in Episode 1x22 of the TV show Person of Interest where it serves as the background music for a sequence where a security analyst is being pursued by a government hitman because he was asking too many questions about his job.