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David Bowie Halloween 2000 Chat

October 31, 2000
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yahoomusic: get ready because we are now bringing you the one and only

yahoomusic: it's David Bowie

yahoomusic: and he's here with us now...

yahoomusic: give him a very warm Yahoo! Chat welcome!

yahoomusic: hey david! thanks for joining us!

david_bowie_live: This is David...

david_bowie_live: And I'm mighty pleased to be here tonight!

david_bowie_live: I'd just like announce that we have something of an innovation this evening... this will be the first web chat with commercial breaks! So let me take you to our sponsor immediately...

david_bowie_live: FLASH!

david_bowie_live: Come on over to www.bowieart.com

david_bowie_live: We have an exciting new scheme there for students at quite a few art schools in Britain and America to enable them to show and sell their work without having to go through a dealer. Therefore, they really make the money they deserve for their paintings.

david_bowie_live: Also your chance to get a free print!

david_bowie_live: Now - back to the studio!

Totalblamblam2000: lovely to have you David

Brainiack2002: Hi David, are you wearing a scary outfit?

david_bowie_live: Woah...yeah...it's all grey denim and wool, more wool than you could drown a sheep in. But wearing it my way you don't remove the sheep first.

david_bowie_live: And you sir?

Candidate18337: Hi David! What is the best thing about fatherhood?

david_bowie_live: Motherhood!

Rebel_rebel_live: david what are you going to be doing for halloween?

david_bowie_live: Incredibly self-satisfied, as I had my teeth fixed in 1980.

Jungledweller98: How do you feel about people borrowing your personas for Halloween? I ask because I'm dressed as Ziggy right now.

david_bowie_live: Things have gotten a lot better since we over here at Ultra Star formed Facester, whre we have a data bank of every single one of the three characters I invented, and you can download them straight onto your own face.

david_bowie_live: Kind of like Silence of the Lambs with no blood.

Neondisease: Hi david! Any plans to work with the Iggster, Lou Reed, or Placebo in the near future?

david_bowie_live: I hear Iggster and Napster's got married. The produce must be called Ignap, or maybe it was Eggnog...

david_bowie_live: Not really got any plans for recording with anyone at the moment... I've just finished an album called Toy. And we started mixing this week. I'll probably take a break for the next couple of weeks and then reconvene with Tony Visconti for the preliminary work on our album which we will start early next year.

Benji_is_undercover: Hi David... Just wondering if 2. Contamination will be more in the vein of the original Berlin albums with Eno (e.g. Tony Visconti roducing, Robert Fripp on lead guitar, Carlos Alomar, Dennis Davis, George Murray rhythm section etc).

david_bowie_live: Eno and I were talking about this project only the other week. It's just talk.

david_bowie_live: Folks. I seriously hope that we can begin this after the Visconti album. I think the most daunting aspect of Contamination, other than the itching, is the fact that there is hours and hours and hours of sifting to do through the tapes that we recorded, some of them going back to 1994.

david_bowie_live: But it will be a reality.

Queenmaab7: Oooh! When will 'Toy' be out?

david_bowie_live: It looks like March folks. And there will definitely be some supporting gigs. No tour, mind. But definitely some supporting gigs.

david_bowie_live: At least in New York.

david_bowie_live: And if I can get a tuneup on the car, we may even stretch to Boston and Philly.

Guybeth: David! I'm so excited.

david_bowie_live: I'm not going to watch!

Mr_curious2996: Have you considered doing anything on a larger scale with Tony Oursler?

david_bowie_live: Tony has done a fantastic projection piece in Central Park. I hope some of you caught it. He's doing a similar one in London at the moment. I think at the back of my mind is the possibility of Tony working with Eno and I on the theatrical presentation of Outside and Contamination and what hopefully will be a third piece. His visual vocabulary is very similar to my own. And we get on extremely well whenever we do theatrical ventures together. I know there was talk of it being prsented at Salzburg, Austria but I didn't get on with the artistic director there at all. It was rather gratifying to hear that he was removed from the festival this year!

david_bowie_live: Although I would have loved to have worked with Robert Wilson.

david_bowie_live: As I had him light my living room once.

david_bowie_live: I'm lying about the living room.

david_bowie_live: But wouldn't it be fab to have Robert Wilson light your apartment? You wouldn't be able to have dinner without singing.

Angeldigital: bowie tell us more about the paintings. I love to oil paint my apartment is filled with paintings from me and my fiance... new jersey.

Bowiefan1: are you painting now?

david_bowie_live: As we speak you mean?

david_bowie_live: Yes I've just finished an 8x12 inch canvas here on the desk of two dusky girls and a donkey. If you wish to see the finished thing, take a trip along to www.bowieart.com. And go through the 3,000 student pieces of work. The first one to find it will receive a signing donkey through the post, from me.

Gauldini: I heard there was enough material from the Outside recording sessions to compile a 4-CD set, will you ever?

david_bowie_live: Last question on the Outside recording please.. But I think you underestimate the amount of work that we put in. We have almost 27 hours of tapes. Work that out into CD's - something like 24 CD's. And I'm having trouble putting the second one together... No rest for the wicked.

Melissay1: Mr. Bowie, whatever happened to the video you were working on with the Jim Henson Creature Shop for "The Pretty Things Are Going To Hell"?

david_bowie_live: It was abandoned after we found that the puppets ended up looking like puppets.

david_bowie_live: What I mean is it didn't have the east European darkness that Dom and Nick had wanted to achieve. Some of it is downright funny and I'm sure it will make its way onto a video compilation one of these days. To be a source of endless amusement to you all and another form of Chinese torture for myself.

david_bowie_live: You can probably find it on Vidster.

Benji_is_undercover: Will you ever be releasing an official version of "Sleeping Next To You" with Marc Bolan or "Velvet Couch"/"Piano-La" w/John Cale

david_bowie_live: As far as I know, these have always just been bootleg songs. Unfortunately, there is nothing at a higher quality to release. I would grab those bootlegs when you see them.

david_bowie_live: Don't say you heard it from me.

Manolis_varnassinger: david congrats for being a father do you take your kid with you when you have to take a concert in a long distant place

david_bowie_live: Hi Manolis, that's a Greek name isn't it?

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david_bowie_live: Alexandria is now 18 years old and studying hard as an intern at Ultrastar. She's coming along fine, and even has her own Mac.

Demerson666: Is the cover of Bowie At The Beeb a photo or a painting?

david_bowie_live: Demerson, is 666 just for tonight dear? I do hope so! Guy works in a collage way, so what you see is a combination of photo and paint. The underlying photo in fact is by Mick Rock. And judging by the cap was taken around 1973, early.

david_bowie_live: Interesting thing about caps, there was once a mob of unruly youths in London in the 19th century called The Peakies. They had sharp razors embedded in the peaks of their caps. And would use them for slashing their victims. Sort of predecessors to the Skinheads.

david_bowie_live: Actually, they were the descendants of the Mohocks, a bastardization of the American Indian tribal name. These young bucks were gallavanting around the back streets of London in the early 18th century, just at the time of the origination of the stock exchange, which of course was run in coffee houses in those days. They were the sons, idle and loutish no doubt, of rich artistocrats, and spent their time after curfew cutting the parts of poor hapless victims, taking noses and ears as mementos of their swordsmanship, and to make necklaces from.

david_bowie_live: Which brings us up to the 20th century, during the blackout during the Second World War, the teen gangs were called Cosh Boys. And carried heavy truncheons, rather like the American police carry today. These in turn lead to the Teddy Boys. Christ I could do paragraphs on the Teddy Boys, but I won't here, my half brother was one.

Mybarncat: Oh learned one - how do you know all these things?

david_bowie_live: Because I have in front of me a book called The History of Teenage Gangs.

david_bowie_live: I honestly have no idea why I know all this, but I think some of it comes from research that I started doing around the time of Diamond Dogs. When I was trying to evolve a new kind of street gang. And develop a rather glamorous pre-punk collusion of elements... yeah... suck on that...

Beckermusic: I recently arranged Heroes for voice, accordion, guitar, soprano sax and trombone. Are you hoping to hear more arrangements of your music - say like what Philip Glass did with Low and Heroes?

david_bowie_live: What's the difference between a trombonist and a pizza? A pizza can feed a family of four.

david_bowie_live: What do you call a beautiful girl on a trombonist's arm?

david_bowie_live: A tattoo!

david_bowie_live: How does a trombonist answer a phone?

david_bowie_live: Pizza Hut!

Angloduke: What's the best joke you know, David?

david_bowie_live: I think I just told them!

Aram66: Do you and Trent still get along? And do you two plan on doing anything together again?

david_bowie_live: Trent and I have always gotten along. I think we both would love to do something again in the future together. Unfortunately, as is always the case in these situations, we both tend to be workaholics and never seem to have a moment to actually get anything together together together. Hey, maybe I can row him into working with Eno and I on Contamination. That would be a blast.

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bigfire692000: Do you ever chat on bowienet under a false name?

david_bowie_live: I'm often there as Mick Jagger. But let's face it, who isn't?

Nicolehackett: Will you do another Roseland for us Bowienetters? Kisses, swoons and love to you!

david_bowie_live: I would pretty much anticipate that I will use the release of Toy as a reason for doing next year's Roseland, and why not. That seems like a pretty good reason to me.

Johnk_at_antisocial_dot_com: David: will your liveandwell.com CD ever be released for the masses, or can you still get it through BowieNet? I want a copy and would be willing ot sign up in order to get one but as far sa I know you aren't offering it anymore

david_bowie_live: liveandwell.com was strictly for the bowienet members. It's still available upon membership to bowienet. It will not be available at any future point for the general public. We hope to continue this practice with future albums, tee-shirts and underwear, unique to Bowienet.

Sunday_b_morning: Were the songs from Beeb broadcasted live or first recorded? I love that record

david_bowie_live: The songs on the radio part of the CD package, which are the first two CD's, were live, in-studio performances, then broadcast at a later date, usually within a week or two of their original recording.

Ziggylady29: Hi David Are you and Iman ever going to do a duet together?

david_bowie_live: Ha, ha, ha, ha hoot, hoot, ohot, snicker, guffaw, *(#$&*(#$*( J :-P

david_bowie_live: No

Leadbelly000: What musicians do you like to listen to when you are alone?

david_bowie_live: Depends on whose phone number I've got.

david_bowie_live: But it wouldn't be Lemmy from Motorhead. Although I love his music.

Demerson666: Is there any place on this planet that you have yet to visit that you would like to see?

david_bowie_live: Modesto. I've never been to Modesto, I've never even driven through it. For me it conjures up the rolling hills of Umbria. It sounds like a little subsidiary of Padua. Yes, senor! I live in the beautiful Modesto!

david_bowie_live: Akron follows fairly close, although I have been told I have played there many times, I just didn't see the tire.

Rschiweck: I love your Zenzi painting... what was the inspiration for that painting? Alaska

david_bowie_live: Zenzi is the name of Miriam Makeba's daughter. Iman and I both know Miriam and we had just seen her on our trip to South Africa. And I made the painting as a kind of memory of it all. If you want to see this painting, why not run along to www.bowieart.com

david_bowie_live: And now a word from another of our sponsors!

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david_bowie_live: And now back to the studio!

Liquidsatan: What's your brand of cigarettes?

david_bowie_live: Well for quite some while, I've been trying not to smoke Marlboro Lights. Yesterday my friend Coco bought me a pack of what I think were called Shepard's Ear, or was it Hotel?

david_bowie_live: They have a picture of a hunting dog on the front and taste like crap. But it was a very smart design. Her logic, of course, was that as I'm always drawn to cigarette package design, e.g. Gitane, which I smoked for many years because the designer's name is M. PontiÉ

david_bowie_live: And it was actually on the pack which I thought very cool, I smoked the buggers. I think she thought that Shepard's Hotel would work the same way, although it was a bit like smoking a tramp's breath. So I guess I'm stuck with Marlboro Light for a bit longer.

Gitanesblondie: Tell us more about bowienet.

david_bowie_live: Bowienet, designed by the famous Nettmedia, is a project that I've been working on for two plus years now. We do lots of cool interactive projects, I write journals, take photos and do videos, and do chats with people I've collaborated with and other guests. In fact, I'll be running over there in about 15 minutes to start the midnight chat. I'll also be showing a video clip of a demo version of one of the songs from the next album Toy.

david_bowie_live: Exclusively for members.

david_bowie_live: The address is www.davidbowie.com

david_bowie_live: It's an ISP as well as a very serviceable trenchcoat.

david_bowie_live: It also does windows and will walk your dog, baby!

david_bowie_live: Let me tell you about the free month!

david_bowie_live: If you sign up now, the first month is free

david_bowie_live: After that I will squeeze you till you're bloodless.

david_bowie_live: Thank you for hearing me out.

Brake24: hi David, do you prefer to sing Life On Mars on the higher tonality (like the studio or Serious Moonlight version) or the lower one (like the 'hours' promotional tour)?

david_bowie_live: Actually, you know, Mr or Miss Tonality, it's only a tone different. I think it has something to do with my testicles. But also might have a lot to do with not smoking Shepard's Hotel.

Dr_feelgooduk: Were you interested in computers before you created BowieNet?

david_bowie_live: Only as an art medium. I've always utilized computer printout along with painting and sculpting. And the advent of the worldwide web made my life a littler closer to God, or Gods, or Peeps.

Bigestman_11: how about this, you could sell bowienet cigarettes with your zenzi painting on the box

david_bowie_live: What would you require as a basic salary? The Internet world is looking for people like you. Would it make me a better clown I ask myself.

Temp1981: What does your hair look like now??

david_bowie_live: I gave in to temptation last week and let my wife do it as dredlocks. I've been avoiding the papparazzi all week. They are really tight on the scalp and I think I'm going to have to cut them out next week.

Locaporbowie: wHY DO I LOVE YOU SO MUCH?

david_bowie_live: Probably because you are not typing in lower case.

Sailorcantdancelikeyou: How were the Grandaddy concerts you went to?

david_bowie_live: My favorite album this year was Sophtware Slump. Truly a gifted writer, the chief Grandaddy is. I've seen them twice this year, and just listening to them live is pure pleasure. And they are also a great bunch of guys.

david_bowie_live: And much younger looking than their 75 years average age. I could have sworn they were about early twenties. But you never know these days, what with DNA and the bomb.

Aram66: I loved you in "The Labyrinth"! Do you plan on ever doing movies again?

david_bowie_live: Yes, that was a fun evening wasn't it? And yes, I do plan on doing more movies.

Taxine: I'm going to order a pizza. What do you want on it?

david_bowie_live: HTML

david_bowie_live: And extra anchovies.

Brown_eyes_17us: how do we know its really david bowie? And not an imposter?

david_bowie_live: This has been a fun evening tonight. I hope the commercial breaks didn't affect your viewing pleasure. And if you REALLY want to know if this is David Bowie, come on over to bowienet in about five minutes where I'll be revealing my true identity.

david_bowie_live: Meantime, have a lovely evening, great coffee, good cranberry juice, and goodnight all!

The BowieNet Chat which followed

Thanks to Pepijn for providing the full transcript sans interruption

David Bowie says: Good evening! Wake up, Europe! Anyone here from Europe? Europe France, I mean....

zigaazura asks "No one can get in".

dionysia asks "um gibber.... I mean YAY!".

David Bowie answers: What are you, an existentialist?

David Bowie answers: You definitely are..

alska asks "has recording wrapped up yet on Toys?".

David Bowie answers: Yep, recording is wrapped - we just started the mixing yesterday. I think we'll have the whole thing done by about the 10th. Then as usual, the dinosaur corporate company takes over, and before you know it, in 5 months time the fucker will be on the street. We're hoping for about March.

David Bowie answers: But meanwhile, did anyone see the crummie

TheGreatEnigma asks "David, why are your pants worn so High on the crummie? Are you getting old on us??!?!?".

David Bowie answers: What pants?

gauldin asks "Mark PLati has a nerdy voice!".

David Bowie answers: He wasn't fucking singing! Go home! Lose two points...

David Bowie answers: OH, you mean his talking voice!?? Heh heh heh \;)

gauldin asks "Who is the most eccentric guitarist you have played with?".

David Bowie answers: Adrienne Belew's mother.

agrathea asks "Do you like cheeky monkeys?".

David Bowie answers: I'm literally speechless....how cheeky are they?

dionysia asks "where is everybody?".

David Bowie answers: Are you the same person that keeps asking "is anyone out there?" Is your monitor only capable of showing one name at a time? That's one of those WOODEN monitors, isn't it?

penelope asks "i am javastentailist".

David Bowie answers: Who's a clever boy? Whooops....sorry penelope!

huff71 asks "David, would you eat human flesh?"

David Bowie answers: That's a very personal question. Let's keep the bedroom out of this! Aren't you a catholic? This really is Halloween, isnt' it?

shaunhaines asks "How does a trombone player answer the phone?"

David Bowie answers: Pizza Hut

gayle asks "what's your favorite song off of Toy?"

David Bowie answers: At this early stage, all 12. I really, really like all twelve.

alwayscrashing asks "Pants suck!"

David Bowie answers: There's no real answer to this, I just love American!

pozie asks ""Afraid" sounds wonderful"

David Bowie answers: Thanks, pozie! I did not write your answer. Please tell everyone. I really do like that song as well. And with the band, it rocks like hell!

ida_q asks "David I saw the crummie it was quite good and I'm not een a fan isn't that nice:)"

David Bowie answers: ...or a typist, apparently. But I'm glad you liked it!

huff71 asks "My wife loves Adrian Belew. In fact she loves you too".

David Bowie answers: My advice is, hire a detective.

imadj asks "can you come fix my computer...couldn't see the damned clip!"

David Bowie answers: Absolutely. Just e-mail your address and I'll get a cab over right after the chat. Do you have a screwdriver? I'll bring my own tape.

kale asks "look behind you".

David Bowie answers: Why, is it Tybolt?

rick asks "Isn't it past your bedtime old fellow?".

David Bowie answers: Put it away, zip it up, and just stop talking to it in public!

TheGreatEnigma asks "Does TOY actually stand for anything? I'm trying to figure out the significance of this title, and falling rather short...any incite you'd like to give?"

David Bowie answers: Teachers of Yorkshire!

huff71 asks "david, are you still scared of Satan? "

David Bowie answers: I have loved satin all my life...my wardrobe is simply full of it!

alwayscrashing asks "David, do you know the difference between Old World and New World monkeys?"

David Bowie answers: No, what IS the difference between old world and new world monkeys? Now I'm going to have to spend hours looking for your answer.

shaunhaines asks "David, I need some help here...I just donated sperm to two lesbian friends, and I'm looking for name suggestions for the baby."

David Bowie answers: I think we've just found this week's competition: "OK, kids - let's find that babe a name! The winner will get....a date with...Howard!

saskia asks "do you like existentialists like sartre?"

David Bowie answers: I do prefer them to be themselves.

gauldin asks "Has TOnys producing varied or matured over the years...what can we expect?"

David Bowie answers: Although we've been friends off an on forever, over the last few years we haven't actually done any work together, so the beginning of next year's album will be critical for both of us, as I'm sure that we've both learnt a lot over the ensuing years. Maybe have gotten into some bad recording habits as well. What Tony and I always found to be one of our major strengths is the ability to free each other up from getting into a rut.

David Bowie answers: So no doubt there will be some huge challenges, but also some pretty joyous occasions. In short, really looking forward to this.

TheGreatEnigma asks "How many brand new songs on TOY? Any old songs you dug up that had never been heard before? Even by those dirty bootleggers :-)".

David Bowie answers: I'm not going to tell you. No no no nah nah....oh David, stop being childish....but David, it is called TOY afterall! Uh... some of the songs from the 60s were never recorded, let alone released. So will be as new to you as any of the new ones that I've written. I'll probably make it into a competition knowing me, which is 60s and which is 90s songs. On the other hand, who cares? The album just sounds great!

stardust asks "are there any songs you really wish you had written?".

David Bowie answers: Yeah - that "Heroes" I thought was really good!

huff71 asks "What did Little Alex go as for Halloween? ".

David Bowie answers: She was the most irresistably cute pumpkin - a cuter two month old pumpkin I have never seen! We sat her in her swing for the first time today - she gurgled - she swung - she's a killer! She held her head up high..although it did wobble a bit!

Starluck asks "What do you think of Blair Witch 2?"

David Bowie answers: I wasn't actually a huge fan of Blair Witch I.

shaunhaines asks "Has Michael Jackson ever tried to put the moves on Iman, and would/could you kick his ass if he did?".

David Bowie answers: This is very very funny!

alwayscrashing asks "Have you ever read London's The Sea Wolf?".

David Bowie answers: You mean Jack, right?

kale asks "how does hell rock, exactly?".

David Bowie answers: be careful what you wish for...you'll find out!

lilith asks "Why not a Europe BNet concert next year ? (please...)"

David Bowie answers: I can seriously say we're considering it.

zigaazura asks "This is a slow night".

David Bowie answers: we're dog tired over here...let's see how my day went: I was up at 5 with the baby, I went to a series of boring office meetings in the morning, then midday I was at the studio mixing, then I had a rather lovely Indian dinner, then I came over for the Yahoo chat, now I'm doing this one....I created an alternative universe, and I sewed a hole in my trousers. And you say I never tell you I love you anymore?!?!

minky asks "How was the 78 tour".

David Bowie answers: Are you aware of the state of my memory?

rick asks "Did you dress up tonight and as who, Iggy?".

David Bowie answers: No, Mary Shelley!

mrperfect asks "Not a single one of my questions has been answered.

David Bowie answers: That's a tricky one, let me think about it for a while.

shaunhaines asks "David, got anything I can take for this heartburn?"

David Bowie answers: I've got an old packet of Reeves' Tums - but they've got a bit of lint and cotton on 'em!

shaunhaines asks "What's the last good movie you saw?"

David Bowie answers: The Jazz Singer

I love musicals....

queen_bitch asks "what is your hair like at the moment?"

David Bowie answers: a small blond bucket or coal skuttle

zeke asks "I'm listening to the who's pictures of lily, what is your version like?"

David Bowie answers: Rather glam, actually. We slowed it down quite a lot - I'm pleased to say that Pete liked it, so that makes me pretty happy. Did I mention it also features Stylophone? Well it does! And you can't stop me!

A_Girl asks "David, right now, I am watching the Rocky Horror Picture Show....what did you think of it when you first saw it on stage???"

David Bowie answers: I think I thought of it as a sort of Ziggy with scabs thing. But it was very funny. We all went out with the cast afterwards, and got extremely drunk in a restaurant somewhere on the King's Road. One of those really early 70s places that was full of gangsters and show people. Can't remember the name....

iriegirl asks "We missed you here in Denver at the old Mammoth (now Fillmore) - maybe we can watch for you again?"

David Bowie answers: I shall be passing through next Tuesday afternoon on my way to Modesto. I will be wearing a green carnation and I shall wave. Please wave back.

ysengrin asks "Have you ever had to say "Stupid stupid Rat creatures!""

David Bowie answers: What did you eat today?

minky asks "do you enjoy the Howler Monkeys of Belize?".

David Bowie answers: \;)

kittimeow asks "Have you ever heard Voltaire...not caberet voltaire but the new york goth and if so what do you think of him?".

David Bowie answers: No, but I did sing Volare once in a film called "Absolute Beginners" - I bet I type faster than Voltaire, but I bet he knew more words than me! But I bet I know more English ones.

patsdragon asks "ok so are you comeing to chat as sailor after this"

David Bowie answers: But of course! I shall be taking the 1-3am shift in the chat room. I shall then grab an hour's sleep and will then rush over to Excite where I shall force them to have a chat with me! Which should take me through when Alexandria wakes up! God, I live for this!! Showbiz Rules!!!

lalalinda asks "Sailor, any exciting changes coming to Bowienet in the future?".

David Bowie answers: Yes, we are dismantling it next Thursday, and relaunching as Gaither.com.

PiccaBOOOO asks "Do you have a glass eye? who did you take it from if you do?"

David Bowie answers: I have several, actually....over the years, many fans have sent in their own glass eyes and asked me to sign them and send them back. Mischeviously, I have always held on to them. I now have a full bag. And when she is old enough, we'll offer Alexandria a game of all or nothing marbles. Except I wouldn't know what to do with 30 dolls if I won!

PiccaBOOOO asks "What's up with your wonky eye?"

David Bowie answers: I don't mind this question, but did you have to type it seven times? Do you have a typing problem? Or dare I ask...an EYE problem???

Thursday asks "it may be slow in here but everyone is completely b\*tching up the MB... fair warning".

David Bowie answers: as long as we make a difference. That's all we can ask.

imadj asks "Sailor, I was disconnected for a few moments. Did you answer any of my million questions while I was gone?"

David Bowie answers: Yes, I'm afraid I did. Probably one of the most interesting answers I've ever given. I'm so sorry you missed it.

minky asks "do you like plantains?".

David Bowie answers: prefer kiwis.

metzger asks "Bowie will you ever do any more live theatre?".

David Bowie answers: Tony Ousley and I were thinking of doing dead theatre in as much we'd love to do a production only using his video formats and puppets, but they would be run on remote control and all of the characters would be programmed to be slightly out of synch with each other. It would be a 24/7 production round the clock so you could drop into the theatre anytime night or day, and something would be happening on stage. Because of the lack

debk asks "what did you think of almost famous?"

David Bowie answers: A terrific film. Crowe is just getting better and better as both a writer and a director.

hulagan asks "Dreadlocks!".

David Bowie answers: Yeah, right!

That was for the Yahooists...

eris asks "Do you wear your sunglasses at night??".

David Bowie answers: Yes, but never in bed.

rick asks "We in America have no idea what a coal skuttle is"

David Bowie answers: This is yet another reason why England shall always have an empire: because WE HAVE COAL SKUTTLES!

shaunhaines asks "Can you run a four-minute mile?".

David Bowie answers: Can you dice a carrot in under four minutes?

chriswacey asks "Has Rolf Harris ever asked to murder one of your songs like he did with Bohemian ahpsody"

David Bowie answers: Rolf Harris has never forgiven me for becoming really, really famous with the Stylophone. Poor Stylophone thought they were on a winner wit Space Oddity after I featured it on that and brought out a really expensive model which nobody bought - and it sunk the company! Poor old Stylophone...

kittimeow asks "What do you think of single sex education?"

David Bowie answers: Do you mean teaching one person at a time? This would take ages and ages, and the population may dry up by then.

pepijn asks "would you like to be best man at the first bnet marriage?".

David Bowie answers: That's all we need - a BowieNet marriage! We'll call it "Who Wants to Marry a BowieNetter?" I think you're on a winner there!

stardust asks "what's your favorite street in new york, aesthetically.."

David Bowie answers: Pretentious? Moi?

PiccaBOOOO asks "have you seen the new MarkPlati.com David?!"

David Bowie answers: Yeah, I think Picadilly did a fabulous job on that. Very nice design, clean, easy to look around, lots of great journal entries from Mark.

shaunhaines asks "Do you want a rematch with the guy who messed up your eye? Did I already ask that?"

David Bowie answers: George Underwood, for that is he, is actually still one of my best friends. In fact if you want to see George's paintings, he has his own section on BowieNet (Special Featurs Archive). I've always believed that since he belted me in the eye, he has improved a lot as a painter. This may just be wishful thinking...It certainly improved my singing.

Seven asks " have you seen Dancer in the Dark yet David? If so, what did you think of it? If not, will you see it?"

David Bowie answers: The idea of it really didn't appeal to me. I heard the Bjork soundtrack album and I didn't really like that very much. But I loved his break in the waves, so I kind of feel I really ought to check it out because he's got so much going for him as a director, it would be unfair to not give it a chance.

Thursday asks "where can i get a wonky eye like yours? is bowienet going to offer them in the future?"

David Bowie answers: I may have to delve into my bag and make the glass eye a competition prize in the future. I did have my eye made up as balloons and kicked them out to the audience on the Earthling 97 tour. You may find one of those on Ebay. It may have deflated by now (much like the original).

shaunhaines asks "What's your favorite pet?"

David Bowie answers: Anything in stilett

os...

_ asks "minky asks "do you like plantains?"."

David Bowie answers: Yes, cooked over an open fire (I'm an island boy at heart)

seedaawg asks "i told him 3 times lady".

David Bowie answers: I don't know what the fuck this means?!?! But it's very funny!!

susans0 asks "what are you reading at the moment?"

David Bowie answers: I'm actually re-readin "Silence" by John Cage. A brilliant book of lectures, poems and working methods. With lots of bits of how not to play the piano and still get good reviews.

gates asks "do you gamble in casinos Dave ?"

David Bowie answers: No, I only do cartwheels - and don't call me Dave!

shaunhaines asks "Do you resent the fact that George Clinton mispronounced your name in his song?"

David Bowie answers: Not at all. And if I ever wrote a song about him, I would mispronounce his name as well. But who wants to write songs about presidents?

gayle asks "what is Alexandria's chatname?"

David Bowie answers: She's two months, for chrissake!

justinsohl asks "Do you ever put subliminable messages in your songs?"

David Bowie answers: No, but often use submergeable images - will that do?

bound1 asks "Have you seen pay it forward.??? great flick".

David Bowie answers: No - I must go see this. Spacey can do no wrong.

susans0 asks "do you wake up in the night with new ideas?"

David Bowie answers: Yes - but Iman prefers to wait until morning!

zigaazura asks "England has an empire? Since when?"

David Bowie answers: Did I miss something? You mean....?

margot asks "this is a terrible realisation. there is not a single thing i actually want to ask david bowie."

David Bowie answers: I love you!

margot asks "plant and paige did wonders for sun-arise"

David Bowie answers: Jimmy plays much better now he has an "i" in his last name. If he changes his name to Jimi, he'd be really, REALLY good, wouldn't he?

GiIIy asks "what was your favourite disguise for halloween when you were a kid?"

David Bowie answers: We don't actually have Halloween in England. It remains pretty much a Celtic or druid celebration for the few. What we do tend to do, perhaps something similar called Guyfawkes Day - a mercenary and fanatic Catholic who tried to blow up most of the English ruling party. We now make effegies of him and burn him.

David Bowie (continues): This is the way of Protestant England. And you wonder why there's a situation in Belfast!

Simone asks "when was the last time you drove a car?".

David Bowie answers: Last Wednesday on my way back from Boisie. A long trip, but a merry time was had by one and all. We stopped off in Denver, but didn't see anyone we knew. Then carried on to the Big Apple.

gayle asks "do you vote in the american elections? they are hideous farces"

David Bowie answers: I make it a point to always vote in the American elections. As I'm not an American, this has proved difficult, so I'm content to write up my own forms in the living room, and by means of the serving hatch into the kitchen, I post them through to Iman who reads them and tells me if I'm right or wrong. This is democracy in its complete fruition. Long live Joan of Ark, and anybody else who's good with flames! Guyfawkes Rules! Bl

Blimey, they're both catholics! It's not looking good for the Protestants, is it? Oh dear! Anyone hear from the Bible Belt?

cydney asks "Is there any kind of music you can't stand to listen to?".

David Bowie answers: The big band drummer, Buddy Rich had to have a heart bypass operation. As he was being wheeled into surgery, his doctor asked him, "Mr. Rich, are you allergic to anything?" To which Buddy replied, "yeah, country \& western!" On this point, and this point alone, I agree with the late Mr. Rich. Although that bloke Travis has a lovely hat. I can't remember what his last name is. Perhaps I'm confusing him with the English band.

David Bowie answers: I don't know. It's really late! I wonder if he's a Catholic!

News flash: Eric Idle just wrote to me, and told me he's going to be filming Rattles 2, which is going to be called "All You Need is Lunch" and has asked me if I'll participate and be interviewed about the Rattles' influence about my music. I obviously have said "yes!" This should be an absolute laugh.

dionysia asks "what the hell is a plantain?"

David Bowie answers: You are not an island girl, are you?

eris asks "What's your Favorite food??".

David Bowie answers: Guava jelly...

shaunhaines asks "David, thanks to you, my girlfriend makes me sing "Oh! You Pretty Things" before she'll give me oral sex. Thanks a lot!".

David Bowie answers: I just wanted to print this....

rick asks "Can I call you Bubba/".

David Bowie answers: Call me anything you want, just don't call me late for dinner! What film is that from?

susans0 asks "do you secretly dress up as ziggy now and again :)"

David Bowie answers: I had to upload this one, too....

coder asks "Thanks for putting in the overtime David - we appreciate it".

David Bowie answers: Well, we can't let Yahoo! get it all their own way, can we?

ziggi asks "will you write a song about my friend kale?".

David Bowie answers: I shall get on to it as soon as I finish the Excite.

queenjanine asks "What's your favourite tv show right now?".

David Bowie answers: West Wing is excellent. I'm quite getting into Curve Your Enthusiasm. And Gardening Today.

ysengrin asks "What was your scout's nickname"

David Bowie answers: Sorry, I don't actually remember owning a scout. Do you mean my early years in Africa?

chipper asks "What is the meaning of life, the universe and everything."

David Bowie answers: Well....Erm, shit, I knew that yesterday. It'll come back to me, I'm sure. Um...

huff71 asks "I'm not a Catholic, by the way."

David Bowie answers: Well you'll be safe enough on the 5th of November, then....

lorimiller asks "This year's favorite costume around here was the grim reaper. Think that says anything?".

David Bowie answers: Halloween? The Grim Reaper? A decided lack of inventedness, I'd say.

David Bowie answers: (cont'd) If I celebrated Halloween, I think a really scary disguise would be as Albert Grossman.

David Bowie answers: (cont'd): Interestingly, I just read a review by Albert Grossman from 1969 of the Who's Tommy in which he's already declaring that Lennon is all washed up. What an asshole!

ida_q asks "DAVID GO TO BED".

David Bowie answers: Is that you, Iman?

GiIIy asks "when did you learn to swim?"

David Bowie answers: Approximately 1980 something. A friend taught me just off the coast of Turkey. I've never swum again. I swam once, it was quite enough for me. I prefer a 1967 Jaguar 1.5. Except the leather gets a bit soggy under water....

chipper asks "Is this the real deal, or is Howard posing as you?"

David Bowie answers: I'm as confused as you are. Let's throw this one over to Howard, if indeed it is he: "Howard...are you me?" No David, I'm not! Well, there you have it! It must be writing this twaddle...

lilith asks "Go home to Iman :)".

David Bowie answers: You may think that Ultrastar is a huge operation. In fact, I'm typing this in bed and Ultrastar is no more than me, and a 3'7" out of work waiter called Norman who only recently bought a dog eared book on HTML. But I think we're putting up a fine front. Although Norman is shrinking under the stress, and I fear may hit the three foot mark shortly, in which case I'm going to have to prop his seat up with telephone directories for

David Bowie answers: (cont'd) him to keep doing code...

queenjanine asks "Is there anyone you haven't worked with (either dead or alive) that you wish you could?"

David Bowie answers: I love working with dead people. They're so compliant, they never argue back. And I'm always a better singer than they are. Although they can look very impressive on the packaging.

metzger asks "DAR WANTS TO SAY GOOD NIGHT"

David Bowie answers: I'm sorry, nobody's allowed to leave the room before I do. You paid for this, now bloody well sit there and put up with it! If you didn't know already, this is one of the perks of being a BowiNetter, and don't you forget it! Said with love....

vivian asks "I'm dead..want to work with me?"

David Bowie answers: I'm there! Name the day!

gayle asks "you should do another duet with bing crosby".

David Bowie answers: Ho ho ho...maybe we could do Silent Night....

lilith asks "Uh, you pick my Q, then don't answer it ???"

David Bowie answers: So sorry Lilith - I will answer this one! Yes.

gates asks "how about an autobiography david ?"

David Bowie answers: Sure, who's do you want? I do a very good Hermione Gingold...

Simone asks "What is your favorite ice-cream flavour?"

David Bowie answers: Pistaschio

Saint Alphonzo says: Only about three more questions, folks...

David Bowie answers: Quick commercial break: Anyone have a chance to look at the Crummie yet of the song "Afraid?" Any quick response? Be brutal....

bsctrumpet asks "have you picked up and knitting skills?"

David Bowie answers: Yes, just keep telling her she's really good at it, and that you love Cobalt blue....

lalalinda asks "David are you tipsy?".

David Bowie answers: Funnily enough...even though I don't drink, I feel completely plastered. It's you lot, I swear, it's you lot! I could have had a quiet life in Calooteville - but no Charlie ....it was you!

zigaazura asks "David you are one cool MoFo!".

David Bowie (Cool MoFo) answers: Wow! I haven't been a cool MoFo in weeks! Can I put it after my name, please?

susannabeard asks "Can you find out about Gustav Richter for me at least please".

David Bowie answers: Do you mean Richter the painter? I think it's Gerhardt...

iriegirl asks "My access is denied.".

David Bowie answers: I'm afraid you're right. This is indeed the end of the chat - a little bell just went off which indicates to me that I am much too tired for my own good and should creep back to bed now to give my wife the impression that she is still married. Thank you, everyone - you were great as usual, and I promise we'll be putting up more crummies over the forthcoming months of more songs from Toy. Goodnight!

Saint Alphonzo says: David Bowie has eaten the building - none of us exist any longer....sleep tightly, folks!

=8-)

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