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Day 313 | Fascination

Bowie based this song on something one of his backup singers was performing on his own—the backup singer was Luther Vandross.  Bowie retained the musical integrity of the song but changed some of the title from “Funky Music” to “Fascination.” He also slightly changed some of lyrics which shifted the meaning of the song away from it being simply about funky music to a kind of triple entendre about sex, drugs and rock and roll.  “Fascination,” in the song, is a woman but also a feeling and also cocaine.  In that respect, Bowie is celebrating his addiction before he realized it was a bad thing.  To some extent, “Like a Rocket Man,” is an answer to this song, created when Bowie was older, wiser and reflecting on the state of things in the mid-70s.   Album: Young Americans

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