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Old Jan 19, 2004, 12:03 AM   #1
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Here is a lonk to a nice article about the existence of the cooperation between Bowie and Lennon for "Fame",00.html

"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."
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Old Jan 19, 2004, 12:17 PM   #2
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I had no idea! Great article, thanks for posting it!!!!!
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Old Jan 19, 2004, 04:01 PM   #3
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Thanks for the article, how interesting! You know, I never really knew that Lennon was a part of that song until "recently"... He only sings until the end, right? That song rocks though!
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Old Jan 20, 2004, 02:41 PM   #4
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I remember watching a David Bowie DVD and there was a section about how John and David were big friends and it discussed the 'Fame' project. I was kind of embarrassed at the time, not knowing that John was part of that project.
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Old Jan 20, 2004, 11:45 PM   #5
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Cool story...

... and an even cooler song !

I epecially like John on the "Is it any wonder" bits !

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Old Jan 23, 2004, 03:27 PM   #6
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Very cool story. Does John also sing back-up on "Look Back In Anger"? Sounds alot like him.
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