In 1975 Bowie was accorded the honour of being invited
to perform on Soul Train. He used the opportunity to promote Golden
Years and his first US no.1, Fame.
Somewhat awed by the occasion Bowie had been drinking
to calm his nerves before the show. Interviewed before his performance,
Bowie spoke thickly with disconnected sentences, probably reinforcing
the strange public persona he had in the US.
Anchor: We're very proud to have with us one who
is easily one of the world's most popular and important music personalities.
A great welcome, gang, for the gifted singer, composer, producer
Mr David Bowie.
David Bowie: Thank you.
Anchor: Hi David.
Anchor: Nice to have you with us. And I think our
folks would probably like to ask you some questions after,
Bowie: , I'd adore to answer them,
Anchor: , after I get my dumb ones out of the way.
Bowie: Oh, yes! I have some dumb answers.
Anchor: I understand you just did a film?
Bowie: Yes. Um, the director of the film is called
Nicholas Roeg, who started out as someone I didn't know and ended
up as a friend of mine. And it's called The Man Who Fell To Earth
and it's a bit like a Howard Hughes story. But he's, he's sort of
an alien. But he doesn't look like a sort of an alien.
Anchor: What part did you play in the film?
Anchor: /.?./, fantastic.
Bowie: Yeah, but it's one person, but it looks like
Anchor: Uh huh. And you're also doing a world tour
soon that will take you to Russia.
Bowie: Yes, I hope so. We've asked if we can play
Anchor: Have any other contemporary music acts played
in Russia, that you know of?
Anchor: So you'll start in the United States and
go around the world probably and among the countries...
Bowie: ...and end up in the United States again.
Anchor: And end up in the United States again, fantastic.
Let's see what we've got here...
Audience member: Hi, my name is Ella Walker and I
would like to know; do you plan on doing any soundtracks for movies?
Bowie: I'm doing the soundtrack for The Man Who Fell
To Earth (laughs) with a friend of mine, Paul Buckmaster.
Audience member: Yes, my name is David Vincent and
is it true that you're gonna be teamin' up with Elizabeth Taylor
to do a film?
Bowie: No. (laughs)
Audience member: Yes, my name is Glen Stafford and
I like to know when did you actually start getting into soul music?
You know, when did you start wanting to do soul music? I mean you're
doin' it know! (laughs)
Bowie: (laughs) Um...getting into it? Well, back
in England you see...when I was a teenager popping 'em you know...I
don't know it's a similar expression over here...on street corners,
we have street corners in London (David laughs at his own joke but
nobody knows what the hell he's talking about)...and we used to
go to a lot of clubs and James Brown was very popular...about then...I
was about seventeen then.
Anchor: OK, David I think we have to move on to your
first song, which I believe is your latest single?
Bowie: Yes, it's called Golden Years.
Anchor: OK, gang, how about it one more time for David
Bowie. (audience applaud)