"Jim hadn't worked for at least 2 years, had been through some very bad times, and needed more than a little bit of support emotionally and mentally as well as materially and I think he resolved most of his problems on the first album [The Idiot], and if it shows at all my influence or attributes won't be quite as recognisable in any future stuff that we're doing and we're doing another album after this. Jim is very much in charge of his own situation and he realises what he wants to write and what he wants to write about. He's becoming an excellent song writer but he had that lapse and that peaking thing...he's fantastic. I've always thought he was for me, rock and roll, absolute rock and roll, uncompromising rock and roll."
David Bowie, Zigzag, January 1978