David Bowie – Fame

First Hit #1: September 20, 1975

It’s strange that David Bowie hasn’t shown up until now. He was clearly famous – as was his friend John Lennon, who was given a co-writer credit and did some backing vocals – but this was the first time he hit the #1 spot. It’s odd that this is the song that did it, being that it’s lashing out against being famous, and that seems like it shouldn’t be something people identify with. It also sounds like a bit of a lark, two pals screwing around in the studio and talking about their problems pushing a track out of it. It’s fun in its way, but for the rich variety of music Bowie released, it feels so strange that this could do what Life On Mars didn’t. It’s not a bad song, but it’s success is unexpected and a bit strange.

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