As looking over the number of Bowie’s songs that I have featured on Reading between the Grooves over the years, I found nine – here are the links.
- The Jean Genie. Posted in 2010.
- Changes. Posted in 2011.
- Knock on Wood (live). Posted in 2011.
- Arnold Layne (with David Gilmour). Posted in 2011.
- Cat People (Putting out Fire with Gasoline). Posted in 2012.
- Under Pressure (with Queen). Posted in 2012.
- Space Oddity. Posted in 2013.
- This is not America (with the Pat Metheny Group). Posted in 2013.
- 1984. Posted in 2014.
As a tribute to the life of David Bowie, this week I am going to feature more music by this late great rocker who changed musical styles throughout his career; what a trendsetter. For the initial post, it’s a #1 record from 1975: “Fame.” The songwriting credits went to Bowie, John Lennon, and Carlos Alomar.
While all three play guitar on the track, Alomar plays the funk parts. Lennon is doing the background vocals as well as engineering the tape loops that are found during the song. The beginning tape loop is a recording of several chords played backwards. Later, a backwards guitar is added to the mix. The final effects have Bowie’s voice recorded at various speeds and played back at normal speed. This not only changed the speed of which the word “Fame” was sung, but also the pitch of the playback as well.
“Fame” – what’s your name? Why, I think its David Bowie. Rest in peace Ziggy Stardust.