I figured since it's David Bowie's birthday, and since I'd already shown a 70s video and an 80s video, I'd better now show a 90s video of his - in this case I'm Afraid of Americans, from the 1997 album Earthling; lest those of you out there who are sensitive to such things become overwrought and insensible with worry that either Bowie or I are engaged in even more (or, indeed, any) America-bashing I should first let you know that the title is ironic. The clues are subtle, but they're there:
- the song comes from an album called Earthling, which Bowie clearly is not, so how could a song he wrote with that title also be literal
- it was written and recorded in 1997, when Americans were much less scary than they would become circa 2001-2006
- in it, Bowie is in collaboration with industrial music pioneer and noted American Trent Reznor, of Nine Inch Nails fame
- since Bowie doesn't appear to be afraid of Trent Reznor he's probably not afraid of anyone
- Bowie lives at least part of the year in New York City, a well-known place in America
- as the song's lyricist and co-composer (alongside Brian Eno) he says it's not - therefore he should know - and,
- it just isn't, okay?!?
I hope that helps put your collective minds at ease...
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