Album: Young Americans (1975)
Charted: 17 1
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  • Fame makes a man take things over
    Fame lets him loose, hard to swallow
    Fame puts you there where things are hollow (fame)
    Fame, it's not your brain, it's just the flame
    That burns your change to keep you insane (fame)

    Fame, (fame) what you like is in the limo
    Fame, (fame) what you get is no tomorrow
    Fame, (fame) what you need you have to borrow Fame
    Fame, (fame) it's mine, it's mine, it's just his line
    To bind your time, it drives you to crime (fame)

    Is it any wonder I reject you first?
    Fame, fame, fame, fame
    Is it any wonder you are too cool to fool? (fame)
    Fame, bully for you, chilly for me
    Got to get a rain check on pain (fame)

    Fame, fame, fame
    Fame, fame, fame
    Fame, fame, fame, fame
    Fame, fame, fame, fame
    Fame, fame, fame
    Fame, what's your name?
    Fame Writer/s: Carlos Alomar, David Bowie, John Lennon
    Publisher: BMG Rights Management, Downtown Music Publishing, UNIDISC MUSIC, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
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Comments: 22

  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn November 7th 1975, David Bowie performed "Fame" on the CBS-TV variety program "The Cher Show"...
    At the time the song was at #41 on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; and was in its 20th and next to last week on the Top 100...
    His appearance on the 'Cher' show was his debut on national U.S.A. television...
    Between 1972 and 1997 he had twenty-six Top 100 records; six made the Top 10 with two reaching #1, his other #1 record was "Let's Dance" for 1 week on May 15th, 1983, the three weeks after it peaked at #1 it was at #2 for those three weeks...
    And in two months and one day, on January 8th, 2015 Mr. Bowie, born David Robert Jones, will celebrate his 68th birthday.
  • K.c. from NhPersonally, I am not a fan of the '90s "techno" version. The original is the best. Even my 11-year-old loves it (although I think "Changes" is her favorite Bowie song).
  • Allona from Ottawa, OnIt sounds a lot like earth, wind and fire's Shining Star.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn September 20th, 1975 "Fame" reached #1 for one week, then "I'm Sorry" b/w "Calypso" by John Denver became #1 for one week. But Bowie reclaimed #1 for another week!!!
  • John from Concord, NhFame is a flairy kind of Bowie song, but good nonetheless. However it was created, it's catchy.
  • Rayna from Pembroke Pines, FlIn an interview, the fantastic Mr. B. has admitted to experimenting with the caballero's sword in the past, but he said it was just that --experimenting. He is now very happily living with his wife and child. It doesn't matter. Mister David Bowie is still a very talented and handsome gentleman, no matter what his preferences are. Viva Bowie!
  • Rabia from New York, NyI love how this song is about how John Lennon and David Bowie disliked what fame did to their lives, and here people are talking about their private lives, a strong quality of fame, famous people don't like.

    Great song though.
  • Brian from Vancouver, BcWhen I read the Lyrics to "Queen Bitch" off Honky Dory it seems pretty evident Bowie hung around in the gay scene. The references to "watching the cruizers below" (the act of picking up men ie. cruizing). Also "she's known in the darkest clubs
    For pushing ahead of the dames". That would be a drag queen for sure. I just cant see someone using this jargon if they are totally straight.
  • Karen from Manalapan, NjDuran Duran did a cover of this song. It was a single and not on any of their main albums.
  • John from Dundee, United KingdomDavid is in a straight relationship(family man) and seems to thrive on it. I think that the whole androgynous Bowie was something he made up for suckers to take what they wanted from it. The original "Man Who Sold the World" cover was brilliant. "Ziggy", "Aladdinsane", purported the whole gay thing, "Hunky Dory" was part this and a part that, remember "Kooks" was written for Zowie. And also remember that John Lennon "nutted" the journalist who suggested he had a relationship with Brian Epstein.
    David is a clever man but let's not forget Willie Weekes whose bass playing makes this track.
  • Kyle from Jefferson, MdThis song is used for the Choclate Skateboards montage is the skat video "Yeah Right". During this song, Jesus Fernandez, Chico Brennes and Richard Mulder, as well as Kenny Anderson dropped sock parts.
  • Dennis from Anchorage, AkNot to be argumentative, but this was not remotely Bowie's first big hit in America. That honor would go to A Space Oddity.
  • Joey from Nowhere Land, CaI heard when Lennon died, Bowie moved out of New York, then came back years later

    is that true?
  • Johnny from Los Angeles, CaChangesbowie is the album, actually
  • Johnny from Los Angeles, CaJohn Lennon did not sleep with David Bowie. Period. have any of u guys heard the 90' remix on the album "Changes"
  • Jeremy from Warren , RiIf he did have relations with Jagger he did a long time before the ridiculous Dancing in the Streets video! And if he did so what? Listen to the music and let his personal life remain that. He doesn't care who your sleeping with!
  • Nathan from Defiance, OhLennon and Bowie probably didn't have sex, they both played off the image of being sexually liberated and weird to sell records. Bowie later in his career appeared to play down his bisexuality as a gimick. Bowie claimed to have met his wife while they were dating the same dude.
  • Roger from Los Angeles, CaThere was a rumour that Bowie had a homosexual affair with Lennon, but I don't know if that was ever confirmed. Then again, there are rumours that Bowie has sex withever he performs with. He did Dancing in the Streets with Mick Jagger and there was a rumour that he did it with Mick Jagger too.
  • John from Elkhart, InSo what about the song, "Hot" by James Brown. It's basically the same song, production and all. I know artists have sampled James Brown probably more than any other artist out there, but is this a case of James "sampling" before sampling existed?
  • Stefanie Magura from Rock Hill, Scwhat a great song, and fun to dance to. Especially with that rhythm and blues feel.
  • David from Waco, TxBowie uses the phrase "plastic soul' I had heard that during the early sixties some african american artists had labeled the Rolling Stones as plastic soul. Rumor has it that Paul Mccartney, refering to the Beatles, asked "Whats that make us" and Lennon "Rubber, whatever they say will bounce off". "Rubber Soul"
  • Ethan from Slc, UtBowie was jamming with lennon when john started playing shame shame shame, a beatles song, bowie asked what it was and lennon told him that it was easy to make a good song fast, then bowie disappeared, five minutes later he came back with the lyrics to fame
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