"Iggy Pop and I were a couple of very naughty boys, who went to Berlin to learn how to be good...I remember one morning, after a particularly mischievous night out, we both met up at a coffee bar we used to frequent and discussed the doings of the night before, and Iggy - or Jim - related most extraordinary events. He said that he'd been to a punk club...It was the anniversary of the building of the Wall, that you must remember, and he went to a punk club that was holding an anniversary party and they built an entirely accurate replica of the Berlin Wall, and at the stroke of midnight, fifty savage, demented punks leapt on this wall and tore it to pieces with their mouths and teeth and fists...but he said that it was the aftermath that was the most affecting, because after all this had happened - they demolished the wall - there were small groups of them, standing around the corners, pitifully crying, tears streaming down their faces. And I thought that was an incredibly moving thing, and a real memory of Berlin - the Berlin that I knew at the time, anyway. ["China Girl"] is a song I wrote with Jim at around that time...And I guess that [it] is also sort of about invasion and exploitation."
David Bowie, VH-1 Storytellers, recorded 13 August 1999, broadcast 18 October 1999