Song of the Day #2,878: ‘D.J.’ – David Bowie

david_bowie_lodgerThe third album in David Bowie’s Berlin trilogy doesn’t have the critical reputation of the first two, but for my money it’s the best of the lot.

Lodger gets away from the Brian Eno-influence instrumentals and instead offers up 10 tightly constructed avant-garde pop songs. Instrumentally dense but melodically clean, these tracks sound like they could play at an underground college bar on the moon.

Lodger was released in 1979, meaning I’ve now covered 12 albums released over a 13-year span. Tomorrow will make it 14 in 13 years, which, considering the quality of these albums, is just a ridiculous pace.

A lot of Bowie’s work from the Berlin period is reminiscent of Remain in Light-era Talking Heads, even though that album wasn’t released until 1980. On today’s SOTD, ‘D.J.,’ Bowie is deliberately imitating David Byrne’s singing style. Lots of influencing going on in both directions, I guess.

[Verse 1]
I am home, lost my job
And incurably ill
You think this is easy realism
I have got a girl out there, I suppose
I think she is dancing
Feel like Dan Dare lies down
I think she is dancing, what do I know?

[Chorus]
I am a D.J., I am what I play
Cannot turn around no, cannot turn around
I am a D.J., I am what I play
Cannot turn around no, cannot turn around
I am a D.J., I am what I play
I got believers (kiss-kiss)
Believing me

[Verse 2]
One more weekend of lights
And evening faces
Fast food, living nostalgia
Humble pie or bitter fruit

[Chorus]
I am a D.J., I am what I play
Cannot turn around no, cannot turn around no
I am a D.J., I am what I say
Cannot turn around no, cannot turn around
I am a D.J., I am what I play
I have got believers (kiss-kiss)
Believing me

[Chorus]
I am a D.J., I am what I play
Can turn around no, cannot turn around
I am a D.J., I am what I play
Can turn around no, cannot turn around
I am a D.J., I am what I play
Can turn around no (kiss-kiss)

[Verse 3]
Time flies when you are having fun
Break his heart, break her heart
He used to be my boss and now he is a puppet dancer
I am a D.J., and I have got believers

[Chorus]
I have got believers[x2]
I have got believers in me
I have got believers
I am a D.J., I am what I play
I am a D.J

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One thought on “Song of the Day #2,878: ‘D.J.’ – David Bowie

  1. Dana says:

    I hadn’t thought about the Byrne influence on this song before, but it’s definitely there.

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