Blue Moon


Blue Moon (excerpt, 1997).

Chirpy, excitable French deejays1 rouse Englishman,2 who hazards a very quick “Blue Moon.”3

1: The DJs on France’s “Fun Radio” enjoyed calling scheduled guests at 8 AM at their hotel, hoping to wake the jet-lagged person up  so that they sounded flustered on the radio (c’est drole!). As you can hear, Bowie has the drop on them, having risen at 6 AM. (as per Teenage Wildlife).

2: This was on 18 February 1997, during Bowie’s promotional visit to Paris for Earthling.

3: A better recording than Bowie’s other take on the song, as part of his “soul death medley” with Cher in 1975.

3 Responses to Blue Moon

  1. Maj says:

    What even.

    I love all these snips and bits. Thanks, Chris! 🙂

    “I dropped the soap.” that did amuse me. 🙂

  2. s.t. says:

    Bowie really handled this encounter beautifully. By this point, he’d had decades of experience with the PR machine, but does the giddy chatter of “Morning Zoo”-type DJs ever stop being annoying? In what was supposed to be a “gotcha” moment, David is able to sell himself as cheerful, gracious, and quicker than those oh-so clever DJs.

    Also, Blue Moon is indeed a great shower tune. I often do Elvis’ creepy rendition, but will try out the Marcels’ version on particularly good mornings.

    • col1234 says:

      it’s amazing (or depressing) that the “morning zoo” DJ voice apparently transcends all languages and cultures

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