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David Bowie — Cat People (Putting Out Fire)
Album: Cat People Original Soundtrack
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7.2

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Total ratings: 1279









Released: 1982
Length: 6:36
Plays (last 30 days): 1
See these eyes so green
I can stare for a thousand years
Colder than the moon
It's been so long

Feel my blood enraged
It's just the fear of loosing you
Don't you know my name
Well, you been so long

And I've been putting out fire
With gasoline

See these eyes so red
Red like jungle burning bright
Those who feel me near
Pull the blinds and change their minds
It's been so long

Still this pulsing night
A plague I call a heartbeat
Just be still with me
Ya wouldn't believe what I've been thru
You've been so long
Well it's been so long

And I've been putting out fire
With gasoline
Putting out fire
With gasoline

See these tears so blue
An ageless heart
That can never mend
These tears can never dry
A judgement made
Can never bend

See these eyes so green
I can stare for a thousand years
Just be still with me
You wouldn't believe what I've been thru

You've been so long
Well, it's been so long
And I've been putting out fire
With gasoline
Putting out fire with gasoline

Been so long
Been so long
Well its been so long
Been so long
I've been putting out fire
Been so long
And its been so long
Been putting out fire
Well it's Been so long so long so long
Yes it's been so long so long so long
I've been putting out fire
Been so long so long so long
And putting out fire
Been so long so long so long
Yeah yeah putting out fire
Been so long so long so long
Been putting out fire
Been so long so long so long
Yeah putting out fire
Been so long so long so long
Putting out fire
Been so long so long so long
It's been so long
Been so long so long so long
It's been so long
Been so long so long so long
It's been so long
Been so long so long so long
I've been putting out fire
Been so long so long so long
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 Daveteauk wrote:
I prefer the version on the album Let's Dance, much more vibrant, wild and raucous, and David really gives one the feeling about actually putting out a fire with gasolene, and what that would do, brilliant, as is the whole of that album IMO.
 
Technically you could put fire out with gasoline. 
I prefer the version on the album Let's Dance, much more vibrant, wild and raucous, and David really gives one the feeling about actually putting out a fire with gasolene, and what that would do, brilliant, as is the whole of that album IMO.
Wow...those backup singers are really top notch
This song was the reason I went to see the movie - song is ok. Movie I didn't really get, oh well
Do love this track especially the big Gear change in David's voice.
I can't hear this song without remembering its use in  "Inglorious Basterds". Watch that film in a theatre with a great sound system and every time you hear this song afterwards, you'll get the chills.
Considering the situation in Paradise a peculiar choice.
Space Oddity then to David Bowie.

Radio Paradise is just that cool.

Hoping for the best in light of the fires, Bill & Rebecca.
"Putting out fire with gasoline" — That's not a very smart thing to do, says this observer. 
remember class, not everything David did was great
I get that sometimes different than what you're used to is good, but to me this is just an inferior version of a good song. The blistering Stevie Ray guitar added a lot to the song.
definitely an 8
 
Nah.
Cat people comic strip...

Cat People 
Good stuff
6.9 on average is underrated IMO, isn't it, for me its an 8 ..
David Bowie does Talking Heads/New Wave.
Great!  Haven't heard this one in a while.  {#Bananajam}
 kingart wrote:
A very dated track. Was de rigeur at the time, now it's ho-hum. But the movie was a modish sexy Natassia naked update to its 'stylish 40s predecessor.  

 
Translation: Fan before it was cool.  Now, meh.  Naked women...always in style.
 drife wrote:
Always loved this song. Tarantino made good use of it in Inglorious Basterds,
even though it was completely incongruous with the period in which the movie
was set.

 
But that was the point - in a completely post-modernist approach. This song was an excellent choice for that scene! It made the scene, IMO.
Gotta admit, I can still really appreciate the passion with which Bowie belted it out in this period, around same time as China Girl, yeah!
 kcar wrote:

Pretty much, yeah. 

I saw this when it came out and  was gripped while watching it although the audience laughed a few times when they weren't supposed to. After the lights came up...well, some movies are just two hours of entertainment and nothing more. 

Nastassja was yummy.  

 
Was living in New Orleans, where it was filmed, and there were parts of the park where she'd been running naked - but big visual barriers kept the riffraff (me) out.
A very dated track. Was de rigeur at the time, now it's ho-hum. But the movie was a modish sexy Natassia naked update to its 'stylish 40s predecessor.  
ugh
I've got this on vinyl.  Bought the cd much later and found the mastering, like so many others, was absolute crap.  Don't know if a decent digital version even exists.  I suspect the rating would be a notch or two higher if it weren't for that.
 kcar wrote:

Pretty much, yeah. 

I saw this when it came out and  was gripped while watching it although the audience laughed a few times when they weren't supposed to. After the lights came up...well, some movies are just two hours of entertainment and nothing more. 

Nastassja was yummy.  

 
Me and a bunch of friends saw it when it came out. Kinski and the music distracted us from the crappy plot that we didn't notice.

Kinski is still a beautiful woman but you can see more of her dad in her lately:

 
fun psd, but that sweaty gaze and the pounding beat had "Rocky" jump to mind (Stallone bopping to Bowie)! 
oof, think I need a break 
Like Bowie.....

This one.... Not so much
      {#Drummer} 
{#Bananajam}    {#Guitarist}   {#Bananapiano}
{#Dancingbanana}  {#Dancingbanana_2}
 kcar wrote:

Pretty much, yeah. 

I saw this when it came out and  was gripped while watching it although the audience laughed a few times when they weren't supposed to. After the lights came up...well, some movies are just two hours of entertainment and nothing more. 

Nastassja was yummy.  
 
I saw this when it premiered as well.  It was nothing great, but it was fun.  Nastassja was yummy in it, so was Annette O'Toole.  Oddly enough, Lou Reed was in the snack line in front of me at the theater, I didn't say anything to him.
 Byronape wrote:
This song makes me want to light cats on fire. 

Like the wife says...  Never trust anything that walks in it's own poop and then jumps on counters.
 
Dogs not only walk in poop, but they eat it, drink from the toilet, then lick your face.  Gonna light them up too?  {#No}
 Byronape wrote:
This song makes me want to light cats on fire. 

Like the wife says...  Never trust anything that walks in it's own poop and then jumps on counters.
  

I'm a bit partial to hot pussy myself
 Ahnyer_Keester wrote:
 Nastassja Kinski and the soundtrack were the only good things about this film.
 
Pretty much, yeah. 

I saw this when it came out and  was gripped while watching it although the audience laughed a few times when they weren't supposed to. After the lights came up...well, some movies are just two hours of entertainment and nothing more. 

Nastassja was yummy.  
I've always enjoyed putting out fires with VASOLINE
 Nastassja Kinski and the soundtrack were the only good things about this film.

KICK/PUNCH-Version

relevant (except the Synth-Stuff :-/ ).

My favorite part of this song is the soulful backing vocals. Great stuff.

Oh, even better, this is the full-length version. Bowie's double CD greatest hits features the shortened single version of this and a bunch of his other songs, which is annoying.
 katiediddler wrote:
This version is much weaker than the original. He's managed to put out the fire in this song.
 
This is the original.

This song makes me want to light cats on fire. 

Like the wife says...  Never trust anything that walks in it's own poop and then jumps on counters.
This version is much weaker than the original. He's managed to put out the fire in this song.

Forgotten about this, not heard it for years, used to listen to it all the time.
Rp Rules.


 EssexTex wrote:
Hi

I'm Smokey the bear and I must point out the importance of NOT attempting to put a fire out using gasoline.

Thanks

Smokey
 

Pearls Before Swine
Most Excellent. 
Nice kitty!  We Rock On

Is this a recent recording of this song?  Bowie sounds like an old man here - but a really, really, rockin' old man!
 drife wrote:
Always loved this song. Tarantino made good use of it in Inglorious Basterds,
even though it was completely incongruous with the period in which the movie
was set.
 
Yeah, it wrecked what was otherwise an historically accurate bit of cinema.

Me thinks the incongruity was the point. 


 MinMan wrote:

Unfortunately, this tune doesn't "hold a candle" to anything on "Scary Monsters" or "Low" or "Lodger". Please take it out of rotation.


 

It doesn't need to...and PLEASE leave it in...he knows not what he asks...

Top five Bowie song for me...

I still see Natasha Kinski naked in the shadows whenever I hear it....I...I...wait...yeah, I gotta turn it off...{#Tongue}


David Bowie + Parkinson's = Cat People 
Always loved this song. Tarantino made good use of it in Inglorious Basterds,
even though it was completely incongruous with the period in which the movie
was set.
I remember seeing David Bowie on TV when I was a kid around the time this song came out and I was petrified. He was such a striking and strange looking person. I liked the music, and still do, but at the time, I had to change the channel :)

thanks for playing this — one of my all time favorite Bowie tunes  {#Mrgreen}
I think people get too caught up in the backstory on Bowie to appreciate the music. GIven when this came out and the times in which it was written, this is some serious sh _ _ . He is one great artisit regardless of what you think about him personally.....
freaking awesome!! still gives me chills!!!!
Im confused, y the negativity?...I think it's one of his better songs, and I like his better songs!! Most of it really...
Hi

I'm Smokey the bear and I must point out the importance of NOT attempting to put a fire out using gasoline.

Thanks

Smokey
 MinMan wrote:

Unfortunately, this tune doesn't "hold a candle" to anything on "Scary Monsters" or "Low" or "Lodger". Please take it out of rotation.


 

you forgot Heroes, Station to Station, Ziggy, Alladin Sane, Hunky Dory, Heathen.....
I like the way this song was used in the film "Inglorious Basterds."

Unfortunately, this tune doesn't "hold a candle" to anything on "Scary Monsters" or "Low" or "Lodger". Please take it out of rotation.


Good song bad movie.
AdyMiles wrote:
this is the slow remix version. as others have mentioned, try the faster one on the Let's Dance album. it's even better and got better production


This is not a remix. It is the original from the Cat People Soundtrack.

 scorp0113 wrote:
its goes great in the movie inglourious basterds  — great song by a great artist
 
Great movie too{#Smile}

 EssexTex wrote:

Thanks horstman...I feel I've been allowed entry to an exclusive club.....I'm in OZ and you're the wizard...hang on that makes me Dorothy..and you a friend of Dorothy...oops I'll re-word that or you'll think I'm making suggestions again.
 
No Essex, you are on track.

On another note, I'm glad you like Porcupine Tree. They are playing in Houston and Dallas in mid April. You should definitely check them out! Awesome band live.

 LaurieinTucson wrote:

What Bowie songs do you like?

 
Have you twenty hours?  Easier to tell you what albums I don't like.

There's Never Let Me Down.  Parts of Tonight.  Parts of the Deram Album.  Parts of Let's Dance. 

Part's of Hours.  A song or two on Reality.  That about covers it.


This is the movie version actually recorded for the movie: i assume the gist for the change in pace was related to the dramatic requirements of the movie's director.
Doesn't touch the version from Let's Dance.
Just one question...   Have you ever heard the entire Aladin Sane record??   

 
amaynard wrote:
I love mute!{#Tongue} I understand he touched a generation and all, but..... just doesn't ring with me.

 


horstman wrote:

I think you've finally gotten IT!


Thanks horstman...I feel I've been allowed entry to an exclusive club.....I'm in OZ and you're the wizard...hang on that makes me Dorothy..and you a friend of Dorothy...oops I'll re-word that or you'll think I'm making suggestions again.


 EssexTex wrote:
{#Cowboy}Ya'll know my feelings on Mr Bowie.....I can only suggest that he might like to  try "Putting out a fire with gasoline"

 
I think you've finally gotten IT!

{#Cowboy}Ya'll know my feelings on Mr Bowie.....I can only suggest that he might like to  try "Putting out a fire with gasoline"

 scorp0113 wrote:
its goes great in the movie inglourious basterds  — great song by a great artist
 
{#Clap}

Wow. His voice sounds fabulous in this song!
...on her face!

Melanie Laurent = great, but Oscar nod for Christophe Waltz, if there's any justice...
I love mute!{#Tongue} I understand he touched a generation and all, but..... just doesn't ring with me.

its goes great in the movie inglourious basterds  — great song by a great artist
Shoshanna's putting on her lipstick now...
Such a marvelous voice. 
this is the slow remix version. as others have mentioned, try the faster one on the Let's Dance album. it's even better and got better production

lemmoth wrote:
have we listened to much Bowie?/ Don't think so... oh well

What Bowie songs do you like?

Excellent - so long since I had heard this track - and I agree with the previous comment, fantastic production sound. (Pace my previous Bowie comments).

This production is great in so many ways.  {#Fire}   {#Flamed}
                                               
    

Yuck.
gag me with a spoon...

Nastassja Kinski and Annette O'Toole both, semi-nekkid in the same movie?!? Excellent! {#Whipit} {#Clap}


The lead in to this today was Christians and Lions - Skinny Fists
I like both songs well enough, but not back to back like that.


 Limpopoking wrote:
I have to agree with you. The movie really sucked... but Ms. Kinski {#Tongue-out} Perhaps she did to, but I mean that really nicely!

 
Ahnyer_Keester wrote:
The music and Nastassja Kinski were the only two good things about this movie. But they were both very good. For the 80s anyway. :)

Thanks so much for playing this. Haven't heard it in a while. 
 
 
Thanks King Limpopo. This is about the only David Bowie song I really like!
I have to agree with you. The movie really sucked... but Ms. Kinski {#Tongue-out} Perhaps she did to, but I mean that really nicely!

 
Ahnyer_Keester wrote:
The music and Nastassja Kinski were the only two good things about this movie. But they were both very good. For the 80s anyway. :)

Thanks so much for playing this. Haven't heard it in a while. 
 


 LaurieinTucson wrote:
The best Bowie song. Very passionate.
  have we listened to much Bowie?/ Don't think so... oh well


Powerful version of a great song.
 wildkard wrote:
I wonder if David Bowie has ever written anything while not under the influence of something. This song particularly seems quite zany. It's catchy but unfortunately I end up liking it less every time I hear it.

Oh well... I might have an anti-Bowie bias anyways since I enjoy this more than the man himself...
  Answer - not before 1985 or 6 and for a while after that only nicotine

The best Bowie song. Very passionate.
I wonder if David Bowie has ever written anything while not under the influence of something. This song particularly seems quite zany. It's catchy but unfortunately I end up liking it less every time I hear it.

Oh well... I might have an anti-Bowie bias anyways since I enjoy this more than the man himself...
...this song did not age well at all...
I still like this song (since I first heard it in early eighties).  I like both versions.  I've liked Bowie for a long time and have liked all his albums.  I've always liked the different voicings he has, especially this low voice.

I remember that bowie didn't create much of this song, that there was some restriction.  Finding on Wikipedia:  the music was already recorded and he provided only words and vocal.

 copymonkey wrote:

This is a case where the remake is better. If my memory serves—and it doesn't always—the "Let's Dance" version of this song has a incredible slashing guitar work from Bowie's guitarist for that album, Stevie Ray Vaughan.
 
Agreed.  I prefer the Let's Dance version and that special sauce added by SRV.

The music and Nastassja Kinski were the only two good things about this movie. But they were both very good. For the 80s anyway. :)

Thanks so much for playing this. Haven't heard it in a while. 
snowcat wrote:
David Bowie made the Eighties a great time for music.



And the Seventies. . .

David Bowie made the Eighties a great time for music.
smehan55 wrote:
Oh man this rocks. Still gives me chills. To me it seems richer and more sinister than the version on Lets Dance. FWIW.
Could not agree more! both good trax... only one is great
Pipes wrote:
Something about Bowie. He's in a class all to himself.
yeah..a remedial class
healyf52 wrote:
Natasia Kinski!
EssexTex wrote:
Crap!
Yup!
Something about Bowie. He's in a class all to himself.
My favorite Bowie tune! Thanks!!
I work in an ER and this song pops into my head every time a burn victim comes in after sustaining a burn when adding gasoline to a fire. Surprisingly common in my neck of the woods, usually burning household garbage.
crockydile wrote:
The keyboard part toward the end sounds like Jeff Wayne's War of the Worlds...best part of this song.
Wow! Not only I am surprised to see someone name drop Jeff Wayne's War of the Worlds, but I also completely agree with you...it is very reminiscent.
Oh man this rocks. Still gives me chills. To me it seems richer and more sinister than the version on Lets Dance. FWIW.
I hadn't heard this version before. I like it. The sound quality seems particularly crisp. Maybe Bill's got the internets dialed in this morning. c.
Natasia Kinski!
Janssen wrote:
This is the movie soundtrack version of the song and it IS the original version. The version on Let's Dance was a remake of this.
This is a case where the remake is better. If my memory serves--and it doesn't always--the "Let's Dance" version of this song has a incredible slashing guitar work from Bowie's guitarist for that album, Stevie Ray Vaughan.
cosmiclint wrote:
One of the most effectively used movie songs, in my opinion. Cat People and The Hunger were great stylish horror movies of that time.
AGREED!!!
Yeah, not a great song. I'm apt to be lenient considering it's Bowie, but it's still pretty bad.
One of the most effectively used movie songs, in my opinion. Cat People and The Hunger were great stylish horror movies of that time.
ew this brings back a memory I really didn't expect (nor, it turns out, want.) But, the GuadalCanalDiary earlier sparked quite a fine one - I guess it balances.
steeler wrote:
Really seems more like Bowie doing a parody of himself. He is capable of much, much, much better.
I was thinking the same. When he is on, he is the coolest of the cool school, but man, sometimes he just seems like a joke. The song is OK, but I don't dig this version.
The keyboard part toward the end sounds like Jeff Wayne's War of the Worlds...best part of this song.
Had a roomate in college who played this over and over. I didn't like it all that much from the outset, and now, because of that experience, I really hate it. Really seems more like Bowie doing a parody of himself. He is capable of much, much, much better.
Put on your red shoes and dance, it's David Bowie!
Lame.
Been so long since I heard this song. One of my all time Bowie favorites.