The words of David Bowie, 1976:
"1984, for instance. Mrs. Orwell refused to let us have the rights, point-blank. For a person who married a Socialist with Communist leanings, she was the biggest upperclass snob I've ever met in my life. "Good heavens, put it to music!?!" I mean, it was really like that. Absolutely no way would she let me have it. To be quite honest with you, the Diamond Dogs album, the whole thing, was originally 19-bloody-84. It was the musical, and she put the clappers on it by saying no. So I, at the last minute, quickly changed it into a new concept album called Diamond Dogs. I didn't ever want to do Diamond Dogs as a stage musical; what I wanted was 1984. So I just kind of got on with it and put the stage show for Diamond Dogs together. A little later, I think, half-heartedly. But after we finished the tour, I reappraised the thing and began to see it cinematically. I thought that it would make a very good Fellini-esque type of film. Which is the way I'll do it."
If my answers frighten you, Vincent, you should cease asking scary questions.