Song Of The Day: David Bowie – “This Is Not America”

david bowie + pat metheny this is not america cover art
EMI America | US | 7″ | 1985 | B 8251


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9 Responses to Song Of The Day: David Bowie – “This Is Not America”

  1. alonewithstrangers says:

    Just….no. Part of his 80s nadir….


    • postpunkmonk says:

      alonewithstrangers – Must respectfully disagree. I felt that this was the one palatable track between “Scary Monsters [and Supercreeps]” and “Tin Machine.” Well, apart from “Time Will Crawl.” One person’s nadir is another one’s zenith.
      Zenith Nadir flexi


  2. Jon Chaisson says:

    This song does creep into my mind a lot these days…😮‍💨


  3. “This is Not America” pairs nicely with “I’m Afraid of Americans” — and yet Bowie spent his final years in NYC.

    (Also, “Time Will Crawl” is a great Bowie song — there I said it!)

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  4. I have recently reevaluated Bowie’s 80s output and while it’s not as inventive as the 70s or “interesting” as the 90s I find enough there to not simply dismiss the decade. Interestingly, it took me a while for this particular track to grow on me.


    • postpunkmonk says:

      postpostmoderndad – It immediately has currency for my ears. But it’s true. I largely dismiss the 80s for Bowie. I ignored him for a decade, Tin Machine notwithstanding. Even in 1993 I was terribly gun-shy for “Black Tie White Noise.” Which I felt was a fair album once I got a copy.


  5. Tim says:

    It actually is America, if anything defines this country it’s *never* being as exceptional as it thinks it is.


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