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David Bowie — Fame
Album: Young Americans
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Released: 1975
Length: 4:11
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Fame, makes a man take things over
Fame, lets him loose, hard to swallow
Fame, puts you there where things are hollow
Fame

Fame, it's not your brain, it's just the flame
That burns your change to keep you insane
Fame

Fame, what you like is in the limo
Fame, what you get is no tomorrow
Fame, what you need you have to borrow
Fame

Fame, "Nien! It's mine!" is just his line
To bind your time, it drives you to crime
Fame

''Could it be the best, could it be?
Really be, really, babe?
Could it be, my babe, could it, babe?
Really, really?''

Is it any wonder I reject you first?
Fame, fame, fame, fame
Is it any wonder you are too cool to fool?
Fame

Fame, bully for you, chilly for me
Got to get a rain check on pain
Fame

Fame, fame, fame, fame, fame, fame, fame, fame, fame, fame
Fame, fame, fame, fame, fame, fame, fame, fame, fame, fame
Fame, fame, fame

Fame
What's your name?

''Get me some, fame
Now get-ah, fame''
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Now we're talking! I'm personally deciding to make this a tribute to dear Kobe.
The album that introduced all of us to Luther Vandross. Thanks, Dave!
This album has not one, but two songs that are so good they overcome their ubiquity. It is hard enough to have one song in a career that good.  Well played, Mr. Bowie.{#Clap}
"Fame? Ooh, I hope it's the remix from the ChangesBowie CD..."

...said nobody, ever.
Always loved that song...
To me 7 - Quite Likeable   but not MORE  
  So I change to 3 and Skip
Rich, funky and oblique. Ahead of its and any other time, for that matter.
Insane drumming {#Drummer}
John does some vocals.
 

PopKombo wrote:
i seem to remember something about john lennon also being credited on this recording ... is that right or am i only dreaming?

 


This song needs a rest.
 maboleth wrote:
Never liked it, even though it's Bowie. So boring. :-/

 
{#Stupid}
In the limo ? , "Nien!Fame!
Never liked it, even though it's Bowie. So boring. :-/
Always audacious, and fearless.  Bowie was so creative, even if I did not like all his morphs, like this song. Same goes for Prince (following song).  I like it when someone's brilliance gets my attention, can't be disputed, and makes me expand my menu in life.
 
Goes all the way to 10!!
Excellent performance of this song to open the 2016 Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame with the Roots and David Byrne singing.
 siqbal wrote:
Not one of my favorites from the Bowie canon. Hit No. 1 in the US though, back in '75, which I've always found surprising as it's not a particularly mainstream track.

 
I think Hit no. 1 happens when it's mainstream, or vice-versa.
EXCELLENT ROCKER.
{#Cool}
OH NOOOOOOOO!! 
Not one of my favorites from the Bowie canon. Hit No. 1 in the US though, back in '75, which I've always found surprising as it's not a particularly mainstream track.
Bowie is always good, imho. What are we to make of the pics at the top of the page?
 dingleberry wrote:
Fame, bully for you, chilly for me
Got to get a rain check on pain

some great phrasing in there DB!

 
What you like is in the limo
 treatment_bound wrote:

Remember that time Dave lip-synced horribly to this on "Soul Train"?

Remember that?

That WASN'T awesome...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oy80bUKt54I



 
Slightly obscure Chris Farley reference: Not missed!
Another great Bill segue.

One of James Brown's most famous songs and now this - with a riff from NYC guitar man Carlos Alomar that James borrowed later that year for "Hot (I Need To Be Loved, Loved, Loved, Loved)", Ironically Carlos had played with James in the 60s.
2>1 
sucks like hell, even if it s David bowie 
Serious syncopation!

{#Drummer} 
 treatment_bound wrote:

Remember that time Dave lip-synced horribly to this on "Soul Train"?

Remember that?

That WASN'T awesome...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oy80bUKt54I



 
drug addiction. song w/overlapping vox and efx doomed from the start in any event. 
Fantastic song Is got reinjuvinated with the song when I heard it being played at The Bowie exhibition at the 
V&A originally I think I'm right in saying bowie got the inspiration for the song from listening to the song "Shame Shame Shame " by Shirley & co 1974 

 
 treatment_bound wrote:

Remember that time Dave lip-synced horribly to this on "Soul Train"?

Remember that?

That WASN'T awesome...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oy80bUKt54I

 
I remember it being more fun when I saw it back then, and it is a little awkward-looking now, but still, it's not really horrible seeing it now.  Just about everyone lip-synced on Soul Train back then, that's really not the best tune for doing it.
oh my goodness. If you've got the opportunity, hit the David Bowie Is exhibit at MCA Chicago before it goes away. There's a page from his diary about this recording. It's nothing jaw dropping, just neat. The whole exhibit is aces.

Remember that time Dave lip-synced horribly to this on "Soul Train"?

Remember that?

That WASN'T awesome...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oy80bUKt54I


 PopKombo wrote:
i seem to remember something about john lennon also being credited on this recording ... is that right or am i only dreaming?

 
Your not dreaming.  This is a Bowie, Alomar, Lennon composition.  John inspired the theme and helped a little with lyrics and Ithink music.
Carlos provided the rhythmic hook, which was later borrowed for a James Brown tune.
Damn Cadillac ad using this song.



Fame, bully for you, chilly for me
Got to get a rain check on pain

some great phrasing in there DB!
i seem to remember something about john lennon also being credited on this recording ... is that right or am i only dreaming?
WONDERFUL! So refreshing to hear it again.
 
 oldfart48 wrote:
dipshit poser trying to get down, sad rich ahole.
 
Don't be so hard on yourself.
dipshit poser trying to get down, sad rich ahole.
So I'm 11 years old and our family would go this local bar for our Lenten Fish Frys.  They had a jukebox and the 3 singles I'd play over and over were Bowie's, "Fame", BOC's "Don't Fear the Reaper" and Alice Cooper's , "Go To Hell".  Ahhh, memories.   

This song is still soooo good for the ears...
 
Any one remember Fame '90?  Man, that happened...
 Euskadita wrote:
I don't put "1" because I respect David career and talent!
 
Go ahead.  It will say more about you than the song.
i love hearing lennon backing this up.

bowie...not my favorite bowie tune, but damn if it isn't awesome. 
Though tired of hearing this...it IS a great, funky tune and cannot deny it IS catchy.{#Dance}
I don't put "1" because I respect David career and talent!
 finoufk wrote:
not his best...
 
But damn close.......
Love this funky tune....love you David Bowie you God!
 casey1024 wrote:
When Bowie was on his Fame tour, we saw the show in New Haven.  I remember being completely blown away by the film run before Bowie came on stage.  It was "Un Chien Andalou" (The Andalusian Dog).  I was freaked out by it.  If you've seen it you understand what a strange intro for a concert! BIZARRE.
 

 Huey wrote:

Wow, thanks for that. I didn't know Salvador Dali had ever done any film. Wierd indeed. Anyone else interested? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJexaTmCVfI

 
Dali had worked on a few film projects; he had co-written the film named above, but it was directed by Luis Bunuel.  This is still a great song after all these years.


not his best...
A solid 10 for all the reasons true Bowie lovers old enough to be true Bowie lovers will will give it a 10! {#Music}


The first 20 seconds of this song are okay.
 Kaw wrote:

Probably only the music and not the album cover I suppose?
 
No... I'd say the music matches the album cover

 BKardon wrote:
Love this album.
 
Probably only the music and not the album cover I suppose?
Well, I've been waiting for a reason to switch to NPR...  looks like the reason arrived.
Bob Marley followed by James Brown followed by David Bowie and John Lennon together. That's a playlist!
What cannot be cured must be endured.
Good goddamn! Could a song get any groovier?
 ziggytrix wrote:

"reject you first" according to the lyrics sites, but he's certainly not enunciating realclear izzy?!

 

neh, he ain't.  but neither does Andrew Boid. 
 Rooney wrote:

Is he really saying, "Is it any wonder, I reject your breast??"  Or what?

{#Crowded}


 
"reject you first" according to the lyrics sites, but he's certainly not enunciating realclear izzy?!

 Rooney wrote:

Is he really saying, "Is it any wonder, I reject your breast??"  Or what?

{#Crowded}


 

"you first"  or as he often says live in New York "you foist"

Is he really saying, "Is it any wonder, I reject your breast??"  Or what?

{#Crowded}


 casey1024 wrote:
When Bowie was on his Fame tour, we saw the show in New Haven.  I remember being completely blown away by the film run before Bowie came on stage.  It was "Un Chien Andalou" (The Andalusian Dog).  I was freaked out by it.  If you've seen it you understand what a strange intro for a concert! BIZARRE.
 
Wow, thanks for that. I didn't know Salvador Dali had ever done any film. Wierd indeed. Anyone else interested? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJexaTmCVfI

this song is "soul train"
This whole album was mind blowing in my opinion. It was really smooth and I still think it's quite sophisticated.  I take the album as a whole when I listen to this album.
Oversaturated, overplayed and yet I sing along every damn time, mark of a truly great song!{#Clap}
Bit of trivia:  With this record, David Bowie was one of the few white artists to appear on Soul Train.  .

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=npXDtEOtA3w
The falsetto answering "Fame" is Lennon. He also contributed mightily to Across the Universe by writing it.
 Eveland wrote:


I had to look this up and loo and behold, you are correct.
Check the wikipedia entry for the album "Young Americans"
Mr. Lennon not only contributed to Fame but also "Across the Universe"

 


 Eveland wrote:


I had to look this up and loo and behold, you are correct.
Check the wikipedia entry for the album "Young Americans"
Mr. Lennon not only contributed to Fame but also "Across the Universe"

 
He is also on backing vocals.

Love this album.
I'm David Bowie, and I have damn fine hair.
I believe you are right about that.   I think this came out before they even called it disco.   I remember getting in under age at The Store in Phoenix when this was a big dance hit.   Anybody there?
 RedGuitar wrote:

IIRC, this was pre-Prince.  Mr. Nelson may have learned a bit from Mr. Bowie!

 


 romeotuma wrote:

I think John Lennon is playing a guitar on this song...
 

I had to look this up and loo and behold, you are correct.
Check the wikipedia entry for the album "Young Americans"
Mr. Lennon not only contributed to Fame but also "Across the Universe"

 RedGuitar wrote:

IIRC, this was pre-Prince.  Mr. Nelson may have learned a bit from Mr. Bowie!

 
Um, I'm pretty sure window was leveling some deliciously biting sarcasm. 


Turned this way up.
 window wrote:
David was really trying to give Prince a run for his $$$ with this one, wasn't he?  I'd say he did a bang up job!
 
IIRC, this was pre-Prince.  Mr. Nelson may have learned a bit from Mr. Bowie!

David was really trying to give Prince a run for his $$$ with this one, wasn't he?  I'd say he did a bang up job!
Wow.  This song brings me right back to 1975.  It's funny how that sometimes works.
Man...Bill's rockin' it today.
lennon and bowie, how can you dis this?{#Dance}
{#Drummer}{#Group-hug}
Outstanding artist, fine song, but this pales (no pun intended!) following James Brown.
The funky thin white duke! {#Dancingbanana_2}
 romeotuma wrote:


This song is soooo good for the ears...
 You took the words right out of my mouth. ;-)


This song is soooo good for the ears...


Utterly classic.

Remember how stunned and amazed you were the first time you heard that synthesizer run?

EDIT:  My God.  I'm thinking of Edgar Winter's "Frankenstein."  Well, that synthesizer was amazing.

Bowies vocal run here ain't half-bad, though. . . .

I saw that film as part of a university arts elective course. Salvador Dali and Luis Bunuel were the collaborators, I believe.
 
casey1024 wrote:
When Bowie was on his Fame tour, we saw the show in New Haven.  I remember being completely blown away by the film run before Bowie came on stage.  It was "Un Chien Andalou" (The Andalusian Dog).  I was freaked out by it.  If you've seen it you understand what a strange intro for a concert! BIZARRE.
 



When Bowie was on his Fame tour, we saw the show in New Haven.  I remember being completely blown away by the film run before Bowie came on stage.  It was "Un Chien Andalou" (The Andalusian Dog).  I was freaked out by it.  If you've seen it you understand what a strange intro for a concert! BIZARRE.

I think John Lennon is playing a guitar on this song...


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how am I supposed to do invoicing with all the dancing in this office :dancingbanana: :dancingbanana_2: :dancingbanana: :dancingbanana_2: :dancingbanana: :dancingbanana_2: :dancingbanana: :dancingbanana_2:
Bowie is a badass!
EssexTex wrote:
Never mind fame...this is lame..."Is it any wounder"
Tztz... :naughty: This is Bowie as his best!
This is OUTSTANDING! Great set, Bill!
Mari wrote:
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you can find it here:(click here)
Never mind fame...this is lame..."Is it any wounder"
Always reminds me of Average White Band
Mari wrote:
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that song gets in your brain and won't go away!
squidish wrote:
Did anyone see DB singing "Chubby little loser, pathetic little fat man, pug nose face" on Ricky Gervais' show Extras? Even when he is messing around, he sounds gorgeous!
This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by British Broadcasting Corporation
For those who haven't seen it, I have to link the Flight of the Conchords' "Bowie's in Space" - friggin' hilarious... (click here)
squidish wrote:
Did anyone see DB singing "Chubby little loser, pathetic little fat man, pug nose face" on Ricky Gervais' show Extras? Even when he is messing around, he sounds gorgeous!
I just saw season 2 of Extras on DVD last week. That episode was hilarious.
squidish wrote:
Did anyone see DB singing "Chubby little loser, pathetic little fat man, pug nose face" on Ricky Gervais' show Extras? Even when he is messing around, he sounds gorgeous!
I have watched that clip many, many times! Bowie does sound great, and the clip is hilarious!!
My sister cracked me up when she admitted she thought Bowie was singing,"Fame. F**ing A, F***ing A, F***ing A." One of my favorite misunderstood lyrics ever. And Thin White Duke-era Bowie ROCKED!
healyf52 wrote:
I always thought David Bowie was the late Linda McCartney's long lost twin.
:lol: Good one here !!! :lol:
Did anyone see DB singing "Chubby little loser, pathetic little fat man, pug nose face" on Ricky Gervais' show Extras? Even when he is messing around, he sounds gorgeous!
I always thought David Bowie was the late Linda McCartney's long lost twin.
Iconic song, iconic album!
Makes me want to do the bump. :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance:
Bowie and John Lennon with Carlos Alomar- "John was hanging out. It was one of those hanging-out sessions so much a part of the '70s," Bowie told the News. "He said 'Hey, why don't we do something?' I said 'OK, you're on.' Then I (thought) 'Oh (damn), what do we do? How do you write something with a Beatle?'" Bowie guitarist Carlos Alomar had come up with a riff they'd been doing in a cover of the old '50s Flares tune, Foot Stomping. "We immediately started doing that. John was just playing along with it, and every now and again he'd go 'AYYMM!!' And I said 'I got it, I got it!' And I just put an F in front of it Fame! We were off and running from there." Lennon wrote the chords, Alomar the roaring guitar line and Bowie filled in the lyrics and the lower guitar parts. "I really wish, obviously, in hindsight that we'd done more work together. It was such a joy being in the studio with him. I wonder what we would have done," he said. "But we were having too much of a laugh. Most of the time we spent together was pure stupidity. There wasn't much work going on at all, as you can imagine." from here (click here)