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David Bowie

Fame (4:13)

The Young Americans sessions mostly concluded by late 1974. During this time, Bowie was staying in New York, where he met John Lennon. The pair jammed together, leading to a one-day session at Electric Lady Studios in January 1975. There, Carlos Alomar had developed a guitar riff for Bowie's cover of "Footstompin'" by The Flairs, which Bowie thought was "a waste" to give to a cover. Lennon, who was in the studio with…

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

David Bowie - Fame Lyrics


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  • This would have been epic, vintage Bowie, with or without the presence of a former Beatle in the recording studio.
  • Lennon's collaboration in this song is kinda ridiculous, he practically did nothing, would make no difference without him.
  • good song
  • Bowie + Lennon = Legendary [2]
  • “Fame” was something of an afterthought, making it onto the Young Americans album at the last minute. It became Bowie’s first #1 single in the United States and went gold to boot. Created with John Lennon and featuring a memorable guitar riff from Carlos Alomar, it’s a nasty, bitter diatribe about – what else? – fame. But the funky rhythm and echoing wail of the music make the message totally palatable – and dance-able. --watchmojo
  • That's right. Still great stuff.
  • Apparently Lennon didn't contribute anything else other than his vocal, the high pitched "Fame" after Bowie's line, which in Bowie's opinion was so ingenious he decided to add him in the credits. It does make the song way different and much better. Superb track.
  • Bitchin' monster funky jam....has been for years.....yeyeah....<3
  • Thank you David, for one of the greatest stripper anthems of all time! Seriously though, Bowie and Lennon.. my two favourite singers together. Dream team.
  • Nip Tuck scene <3

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