“It’s made out of old fisherman”
On this day in 1974 (13th February), David Bowie attended a press reception at the Amstel Hotel in Amsterdam, where Ad Visser (host of Dutch music show Top Pop), presented him with the Edison Award and a certificate for the Most Popular Male Vocalist, with particular recognition given to Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars.
Recalling an earlier trip to London to visit David, Visser poured two glasses of an “old fisherman drink”, Schelvispekel*, to toast David’s win.
Check out a brief excerpt from the conference on YouTube to make sense of today’s ‘lyric quotation’:
* Schelvispekel is a spicy Dutch liqueur produced using brandy and a secret blend of spices. The name translates as 'haddock brine', not a nod to the ingredients, rather that the drink is reminiscent of one early-20th century haddock fishermen would drink to keep them warm on their days at sea.
FOOTNOTE: The Edison Award is an annual Dutch music prize awarded for outstanding achievements in the music industry. It is one of the oldest music awards in the world, having been presented since 1960.