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maybe originally Bowie concieved the song as something leaning more towards rock and not rap (or whatever the hell it is they're singing...)
What we do know is that the song was originally at a much faster tempo. The eventual slower tempo came about when Bowie accidentally had his tape player on half speed.
"Black Tie White Noise came from a little groove that David had - just a piano riff. It was in G minor and it had been around for a while. We developed it further and it began to sound great. Then he went off to write the lyrics. A couple of days later he called up from Switzerland. 'My God' he says, 'this is what you have to do'. Now, knowing David, I'm expecting the most outrageous instructions. So he tells me to transpose the entire track down a major third. I tried pointing out to him that it would get really slow, fat, slurry, wobbly and unclear. All he says is 'right'. When I told him that the bottom end would just be a wash, he says 'absolutely'. So we turned the pitch control down and he was happy."
- Nile Rogers, Sonics with Guitarist (Sept/Oct 93).
Apparantly, they had to re-perform certain things such as the guitar parts.
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