Cane and barely able...or how David Bowie dodged the draft
The December issue of MOJO (NOT the January 2001 issue, sorry, running a little late with this one) has a report on David Bowie's extraordinary appearance on The Dick Cavett Show, first shown 26 years ago on December 4th 1974. Most of you, if you haven't actually seen it, are almost certainly aware of this classic performance that was recorded the previous month on November 2nd, bang in the middle of the Soul Tour, or Philly Dogs tour as it is more widely known.
The broadcast is a wonderful snapshot of Bowie as he slips comfortably, on the surface at least, into yet another phase of his career, this time as a most convincing blue-eyed soul boy. By the time of the taping of the show, the transition was complete, as witnessed during brilliant performances of '1984', 'Young Americans', and 'Footstompin'/'Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate'. The interview, however, is infamous for David's out-there-ness. Go here for more evidence.
Total Blam Blam (European Correspondent)