October 17, 1999
Transcript by Cat
He's released a new album titled "Hours", the passing of which seems only to serve him well, we think. He warns us not to see the new album as autobiographical, although the songs largely concern a man of his age, looking back, reviewing the passing of the years. The first single is "Thursday's Child", haunting, romantic, emotional, reminiscent of those fab Bowie ballads from the 70s. But not the same, of course.
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Bowie: This last 8 months, as we made this album, I listened to nothing but me. [laughs].
Narrator: Legendary musician, performer and song writer, David Bowie is back with his most self revealing album to date, simply titled "hours".
Bowie: I started the album, really, as an exercise in traditional song writing. 'Cause I usually sort of experiment in the studio. I have done for years. So I constructed everything before we went into the studio. And because the words, the lyrics generally on the album are very simplistic, the simple things, I think, express quite strongly. The music that we wrote for them is more of a supportive kind of music. It's not a... it doesn't create two or three different focuses. There's only one focus, and that's the song and the song lyric. So it's not as experimental as the.... say the previous album, "Earthling", or "Outside" or whatever, because it's supposed to do a different job.
Narrator: The first single to come out of David Bowie's 23'd solo album is "Thursday's Child". Written with long time collaborator Reeves Gabrels, it's a classic Bowie tune. But the inspiration to the title may come as a surprise.
Bowie: I got the title from an Eartha Kitt biography that came out at 19... 64, I think, called "Thursday's Child". She was standing under a tree with the fields behind her, and it was the story of the sadness of her life. For some reason it just stuck in my mind. So when I got round to writing a song about what it's like going through life... not ever having achieved anything, and then meeting somebody whom' absolutely extraordinary towards the end of your life as a reward... -- [turning to stare at the camera:] This isn't autobiographical. -- I kind of used that... title "Thursday's Child" to be... to give it a... to put a closure on it. I hate albums that are really happy. When I'm really happy, I don't want to hear happy albums, and when I'm really sad, I don't want to hear happy albums. So for me personally, there's not really much place in my life for them. And I tend to gravitate toward the lonely and the isolated anyway in my writing. I think anything that I've really done, whether it be... writing songs or painting or whatever, I think it's... it's more the process of putting it together, actually, than the end result. I mean, one is aware of an end result, but I tend to drift off quite fast when... when a project's finished, and I want to keep moving on, you know? And I enjoy that other people enjoy the end product, but that's kind of not really why I do it. Does that make any sense?
Bowie: Okay. You're a wiser man than I am, then.