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Possible Misspelled Names:

These are the alternate spellings of the performer's name we've had to correct in submissions to amIright.

David Bowie w/Trent Reznor, David Bowie & Queen

Quotes:

When I heard Little Richard, I mean, it just set my world on fire.
Submitted by: Ziggy Stardust
You can't trust a machine over your own solid knowledge.
Submitted by: G
There are additional music quotes available.

Band Name Origins:

  • He named himself after the American frontiersman Jim Bowie (which was actually pronounced BOO-ee, incidentally), because of his fascination with America. Submitted by: Lois
  • David Bowie's name comes from the Bowie knife... His real name is David Jones. Another Davey Jones was a member of the Monkeys. David Bowie had previously recorded as Davey Jones and the King Bees (without success). At the time he recorded Space Oddity, his first single as David Bowie, he was roommates with Marc Bolan, vocalist for T-Rex. He discussed the Davey Jones of the Monkeys issue with Marc, and how he wanted to create a new stage name for himself. David liked the name "Mick Jagger" because it sounded like a dagger and told Marc that he wanted a name that sounded like a knife. Marc Bolan suggest David Jones change his name to Bowie, like a bowie knife. Submitted by: ChrisG

Music Performer Pseudonyms:

Also known as: David Jones. Submitted by: not important

Also known as: David Jones. Submitted by: Phillip Ewing

Music Performer Nicknames:

Known informally as: Ziggy Stardust. Submitted by: Robert D. Arndt Jr.

Known informally as: The Thin White Duke. Submitted by: Martha Hankins

Weird Names of Music Performer's Children:

  • Duncan Zowie Heywood Jones - NOT Duncan Zowie Bowie Submitted by: Liz Racz
  • Zowie Bowie (Jones) - Zowie is the male derivitive of the greek name 'Zoe' meaning life. I think its a beautiful name and as you have all said, he did leave the option for him to change it to Duncan. Submitted by: Trace
  • Alexandria Zahra Jones - Bowie has been married two times. His first marriage was to Mary Angela ("Angie") Barnett in 1970. The couple separated and later divorced. He has one child, Duncan Zowie Heywood Bowie (who sometimes goes by the name of "Joe") born in 1971 by Angie. He remarried supermodel Iman Abdulmajid (usually known just as "Iman") in 1992. The couple currently have one child, Alexandria Zahra Jones, known as Lexi. Submitted by: Katie
  • Zowie Bowie - Bowie has been married two times. His first marriage was to Mary Angela ("Angie") Barnett in 1970. The couple separated and later divorced. He has one child, Duncan Zowie Heywood Bowie (who sometimes goes by the name of "Joe") born in 1971 by Angie. But, everyone calles him Duncan. He remarried supermodel Iman Abdulmajid (usually known just as "Iman") in 1992. The couple currently have one child, Alexandria Zahra Jones, who goes by Lexi. Submitted by: Katie
  • Zowie - Wowie!!! Submitted by: jacqueline b
  • Zowie Bowie - His given name is Duncan Zowie Bowie. For a while when he was younger, he was known as Joe or Joey. He now goes by Duncan. He also uses his father's real last name, Jones. Duncan Jones is alright, if a bit plain. Submitted by: erin
  • Zowie Bowie - David Bowie's son's full name was Zowie Duncan Haywood, and from the outset David admitted that he would encourage his son to change his name if he didn't like it. Presumeably, David was expecting him to adopt one of his middle names, the latter of which was David's father's name, rather than the not much better "Joey". Submitted by: Nick
  • Zowie Bowie - David Bowie's real last name is Jones, so wouldn't that make his son Zowie Jones? (or Joe, or Duncan as I've just read...) Submitted by: somegirl
  • Zowie Bowie - As someone mentioned, poor Zowie Bowie did change his name eventually ... but he changed it to JOEY! Nice move ... Submitted by: Camille
  • Zowie Bowie - It's Zowie, not Zoey... and the poor boy changed it later on. Submitted by: Erika

Singers Who Act:

Notable Acting Credits
Comments & Submitter Name
"Absolute Beginners"Set in the 1960s probably with scooter 'gangs'. Bright colours, e.g. Bowie in a glitzy blue (if I remember correctly) dancing on a the keys of typewriter singing the title song. Debut of Patsy Kensit. Entertaining. - James Joyce
"Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence"Quite good WW II drama set in a Japanese POW camp. Also starring Tom Conti - James Joyce
"The Man Who Fell To Earth, The Hunger, etc."don't forget "Into the Night" from 1985. Bowie is a gangster, wearing the yellow outfit from the "Modern Love" video. When he gets in a fracas with a federal agent he pulls out a BOWIE knife. This film also features Jeff Goldblum, Michelle Pfeiffer, Dan Ackroyd and B.B. King. A great thriller. Check it out. - 84/85
"The Man Who Fell To Earth, The Hunger,Basquiat,The Prestige,Zoolander"Bowie received excellent reviews for all the films listed.When he portrayed Andy Warhol in "Basquiat" you forget that it's him under that crooked wig. For a man that radiates his persona, this shows amazing talent.His Broadway performance as John Merrick in "The Elephant Man" earned him great reviews despite the Broadway critic's penchant for tearing apart those who usually work in a "lower" art form.

Ed Note: Don't forget Labrynth, one of the best movies ever! - Michael Pace
"Labyrinth, The Hunger, The Prestige, Zoolander, Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars, The Man Who Fell To Earth"Wow. This guy was so good in Labyrinth. - Shark

Vainity Songs:

Song Name
Comments & Submitter Name
"Ziggy Stardust"Ziggy was Bowie's onstage alter ego for about a year in 1972-73. - GlamRockNinjaLord

Former Career:

Name
New Career
Comments & Submitter Name
"David Bowie""Mime, lounge singer, etc."When David Bowie was in college and he wasn't "Bowie" yet, he worked in various forms of entertainment, including performing as a mime and singing cocktail lounge songs in a parlor. He was already working up to becoming the phenominae that he is today! - Aladdin Stardust

Song Titles Not Used as Lyrics:

Song Name
Comments & Submitter Name
"Ziggy Stardust"David says "Ziggy" six times in the song, which is six times more than he says "Stardust" - Alan of Seville
"Space Oddity""Ground control to Major Tom…" - crazydon

New Band Names:

New Name
Why It's Better
Submitter Name
David WinchesterUse a rifle David, not a wimpy knife.Ralph

New Song Names:

Original Song Name
New Song Name
Submitter Name
"Shame""Fame"Sutch
"This is not Helvetica (Song for Arial)""This is not America"Raphael
"Manic In Detroit""Panic In Detroit"britrock
"Dust to Dust""Ashes to Ashes"JarethLoverBritt
"Golden Beers""Golden Years"britrock

There are additional new song names available.

Literally Impossible Song Titles:

Song/Performer
Comment
Submitter Name
"You Will Set The World On Fire,"You cannot set the ENTIRE world aflame.GlamRockNinjaLord
"I Am A Laser,"No person is a laser.Yvette Bristle
"Dancing Out In Space,"You cannot dance in space, due to zero gravity.G
"Starman,"No man is a celestial bodySusanna Viljanen
"Suffragette City,"There is no city with that nameSusanna Viljanen

There are additional literally impossible song titles available.

Use a Song Title to Answer a Different Song:

Song & Band Name
Song & Band Name
"Walking In L.A.," Missing Persons"The Stars (Are Out Tonight)," David Bowie
"Sad Song," The Cars"Lazarus," David Bowie
"Get On Your Feet," Gloria Estefan"Let's Dance," David Bowie
"Let's Go Down To The Disco," The Undisputed Truth"Let's Dance," David Bowie
There are additional songs titles that answer other songs available.

Remove a Letter From a Song Title:

"You Will Set The World On Fir" originally "You Will Set The World On Fire"
Need an awfully big fir tree to hold the world!
Lydia Helton
"You Will Set The Word On Fire" originally "You Will Set The World On Fire"
Lydia Helton
"Chia Girl" originally "China Girl"
Yet another item in the line of Chia products?
Mitch
"Tim Will Crawl" originally "Time Will Crawl"
Clint Westwood
"His Is Not America" originally "This Is Not America"
What Bush & Cheney really believe?
Schwarnold Ortzanegger

There are additional song titles with a letter removed available.

Add a Letter to a Song Title:

"Spaced Oddity" originally "Space Oddity"
Naomi Swanson
"Changers" originally "Changes"
Serafina
"Washes To Ashes" originally "Ashes To Ashes"
Logan
"Modern Lover" originally "Modern Love"
Mia
"Modern Glove" originally "Modern Love"
Mia

There are additional song titles with a letter added available.

Change a Letter:

"Wife On Mars" originally "Life On Mars"
Larry
"Rebel Revel" originally "Rebel Rebel"
Peter
"Repel Rebel" originally "Rebel Rebel"
You may only change ONE letter in original title.
Jack
"You Will Set The World On Mire" originally "You Will Set The World On Fire"
Have to find a mire on a very large planet!
Regina Olsen
"I'm A Loser" originally "I'm A Laser"
Now it's a Beatles song title!
Air McMahon

There are additional song titles with a letter changed available.

Song Parody Lyrics:

Original Song Name
Parody Song Name
Parody Author
"I Can't Give Everything Away""This Is The End"Johnny Nguyen
"Fame""Flames"John A. Barry
"I'm Afraid of Americans""I'm Afraid of Rothlisberger"RealFootball
"Fame""Shane"PikaJoe
"Space Oddity""Abe's Odyssey"the_conqueror_of_parodies
"Rebel Rebel""Trump Camp"Bob Gomez
"Andy Warhol""Holly Valance"Fack Sabbath
"China Girl""Gothic Girl"catmanjoe
"Fame""Shame"Warren Baker
"Rebel Rebel""Seniorit15"Dan Lauper

There are additional song parodies available.

Songs for Commercials, That Haven't Been Done Yet:

Song Name
Product
Submittor
China GirlMail Order BridesDavid
Ashes To AshesCremationTravis
Space OddityVerizon WirelessJC Foster
Heroes'Higglytown Heroes' promosMeatload
Queen B****The Sharon Osbourne Show on ITV1Pickle
There are additional commercials that haven't been done yet available.

Bad Choices for On Hold Music:

Song Name
Company/Organization
Submittor
Black Country RockUKIPpickle
Black Country RockUKIPpickle
Suffragette CityWomen's Anti-Defamation Leaguecarly_carlz
Andy WarholThe Andy Warhol Museumcarly_carlz
Panic in DetroitDetroit Town Hall carly_carlz
There are additional on hold music ideas available.

Songs for Duets, That Haven't Been Done Yet:

First Band/Song Name
Second Band/Song Name
New Song Name
Submittor
Get A Life
   Soul II Soul
Life On Mars
   David Bowie
Get A Life On Mars
Paige Richardson
Alley Cat
   Bent Fabric
Cat People
   David Bowie
Alley Cat People
Ashley Michelle McGowan
Creeque Alley
   The Mamas And The Papas
Cat People
   David Bowie
Creeque Alley Cat People
Ashley Michelle McGowan
100 Years
   Five For Fighting
Five Years
   David Bowie
105 Years
Another add-up of song titles with the same units.
Roger
There are additional duets that haven't been done yet available.

If Groups Combined, Their Names Might Be:

The Beach Bowies
The Beach Boys combined with David Bowie
Submitted By: Old Man Edgar Winter
David & David Bowie
David & David combined with David Bowie
Submitted By: exdeath
Bowie Knife
David Bowie combined with Shonen Knife
Submitted By: Roc

Misheard Lyrics:

"Changes"
Misheard Lyrics:
But I can't change time
Original Lyrics:
But I can't trace time.
"Ashes to Ashes"
Misheard Lyrics:
Do you remember a garbage bin
Original Lyrics:
Do you a remember a guy that's been
"Ashes to Ashes"
Misheard Lyrics:
Want an axe to break the axe
Original Lyrics:
Want an axe to break the ice
"Moonage Daydream"
Misheard Lyrics:
I smoke a lot of big monkey bud
Original Lyrics:
You're squawking like a pink monkey bird
There are additional misheard lyrics available.

Misheard Lyrics Stories:

"Space Oddity"
Misheard Lyrics:
Lemon Turf is blue and there's nothing I can do
Original Lyrics:
Planet Earth is blue and there's nothing I can do

Story about this misheard lyric by: Ethan

I just thought it was that for a long time because it sounded like it

There are additional misheard stories available.

Song Parody Fragments:

"Life on Mars?"
Better Lyrics:
Take a look at the 5-0
Choking all the black guys
Original Lyrics:
Take a look at the Lawman
Beating up the wrong guy
Submitted by: Sheogorath
"China Girl"
Better Lyrics:
Little Giant girl
Original Lyrics:
Little China girl
Submitted by: Colin Slater
"Space Oddity"
Better Lyrics:
Ground control to Cheech and Chong
Smoke your reefer joints and take hits from the bong
Original Lyrics:
Ground control to Major Tom
Take your protein pills and put your helmet on
Submitted by: Gamblor

Funniest Song Lyrics:

"Ziggy Stardust"
The Funny Lyrics:
He was the nazz
with God given ass
Why They're Funny:
As English is not my native language, I used to think that 'nazz' was short for 'nazarene', so that the image would be that Ziggy was Christ. If that were the case, his hindquarters would certainly be 'God given'!
Submitted by: Maura
"Suffragette City"
The Funny Lyrics:
Ah... wham bam thank you ma'am!
Why They're Funny:
You have to be hearing this for the first time - it caught me off guard at first; I didn't know what he meant.
Submitted by: Princess Ana
There are additional Funny lyrics available.

Repetitive Song Lyrics:

"Memory Of A Free Festival"
The Repetitive Lyrics:
The sun machine is coming down and we gonna have a party
Why They're Repetitive:
It's repeated many many times, still it's a great song
Submitted by: StranoMostro
"Golden Years"
The Repetitive Lyrics:
Golden years, gold, wah, wah wah.
Why They're Repetitive:
Said like a jillion times towards the end, interrupted only by David whistling.
Submitted by: britrock
There are additional repetitive lyrics available.

Nonsensical Song Lyrics:

"The Man Who Sold The World"
The Nonsensical Lyrics:
I must have died alone, a long long time ago
Why They're Nonsensical:
Not possible because he was alive when he recorded that!
Submitted by: Stephanie
"Watch That Man"
The Nonsensical Lyrics:
A lemon in a bag played the Tiger Rag
Why They're Nonsensical:
Look at it. Of course it makes no sense whatsoever. Bowie has millions like this. To him, the words don't seem to need a meaning; they are used to create a picture or an impression.
Submitted by: Matt Stevenson
There are additional nonsensical lyrics available.

Misrhymed Song Lyrics:

"Starman"
The Misrhymed Lyrics:
Didn’t know what time it was the lights were low oh oh
I leaned back on my radio oh oh
Some cat was layin’ down some rock ’n’ roll ’lotta soul, he said
Then the loud sound did seem to fa-a-ade
Came back like a slow voice on a wave of pha-a-se
That weren’t no d.j. that was hazy cosmic jive
Why They're Misrhymed:
The way he stretches out the lyrics, it could almost pass as rhyming, don't you think?
Submitted by: Rock Princess
"Sorrow"
The Misrhymed Lyrics:
You never do what you know you ought-ta
Somethin tells me your the devil's daughter..
Why They're Misrhymed:
No, really, he tried to rhyme this!
Submitted by: Tracey

Insulting Song Lyrics:

"Rebel Rebel"
The Insulting Lyrics:
Rebel, rebel, you tore your dress.
Rebel, rebel, your face is a mess.
Rebel, rebel, how could they know?
Hot tramp, I love you so.
Why They're Insulting:
No woman wants to be called a tramp, even if it's tempered by "hot." Earlier he calls her, "You tacky thing."
Submitted by: Adam
 

Dated Song Lyrics:

"1984"
The Dated Lyrics:
Someday they won't let you
Now you must agree
The times they are a-telling
And the changing isn't free
You've read it in the tea leaves
And the tracks are on TV
Beware the savage jaw of 1984
They'll split your pretty cranium
And fill it full of air
And tell you that you're eighty
But brother, you won't care
You'll be shooting up on anything
Tomorrow's never there
Beware the savage jaw of 1984
Why They're Dated:
For one thing - 1984 has come and gone. For another - Bowie wasn't 80 in 1984. He's not even 80 now. So not only is it slightly dated, it is somewhat ridiculous.
Submitted by: Rock Princess
 

Song Lyrics That Name Check Celebrities:

"Andy Warhol"
The Lyrics:
Andy Warhol looks a scream
Hang him on my wall
Andy Warhol, Silver Screen
Can't tell them apart at all.
Who They Mention:
Andy Warhol
Submitted by: Francis A. Sissy
"Life On Mars ?"
The Lyrics:
It's on America's tortured brow
That Mickey Mouse has grown up a cow
Now the workers have struck for fame
'Cause Lennon's on sale again
Who They Mention:
This song mentions John Lennon, who has since helped David Bowie get a #1 hit song with 'Fame', and also Mickey Mouse (he counts as a celebrity, right ?)
Submitted by: Cecile
There are additional celebrity lyrics available.

How to Pronounce a Band Name:

"Day-vid BOH-ee
Rhymes with Joey, not with Maui.
Submitted by: Gebbie Dibson

Song Lyrics That Mention Brand Name Products:

"Young Americans"
The Lyrics:
Well, ain't that poster love?
Well, it ain't that Barbie doll
Her heart's been broken just like you have
...
You ain't a pimp and you ain't a hustler A pimp's got a Cadi and a lady got a Chrysler
Black's got respect, and white's got his Soul Train
Mama's got cramps, and look at your hands ache
Product Brand Name:
Barbie dolls
Cadillac cars
Chrysler cars
TV show "Soul Train"
Submitted by: Tania WYEP
"Young Americans"
The Lyrics:
He coughs as he passes her Ford Mustang
Heaven forbid she take anything
Product Brand Name:
Ford Mustang
Submitted by: Tania WYEP

Song Lyrics That Mention Other Songs:

"Modern Love"
The Song Lyrics:
Modern Love gets me to the Church on Time
Church on Time terrifies me
Church on Time makes me party
Church on Time puts my trust in God and Man.
Song They Mention:
"Get Me To The Church On Time" from the musical My Fair Lady.
Submitted by: A Person Who Does Not Wish To Give Their Name
 

Songs That Open With Their Titles:

"Blue Jean"
Opening Lines:
Blue Jean-I just met a girl named Blue Jean.
Comments:
Submitted by: Britrock
"Jean Genie"
Opening Lines:
A small jean genie snuck off to the city.
Comments:
Submitted by: Brian Kelly
There are additional spelling lyrics available.

Made Up Words in Songs:

"Queen Bitch"
The Made Up Words:
Bibberty-bobberty
Comments:
Used to describe a hat. I'd really like to know what a bibberty-bobberty hat is supposed to look like...
Submitted by: DeeDee
 

Boasting in Song Lyrics:

"Ziggy Stardust"
The Boasting Lyrics:
He was the Nazz
with God-given ass -
he took it all too far, but boy, could he play guitar.
Comments:
Again, David talking about his own assets. Not only does he refer to Ziggy (his persona at the time) as the "Nazz" (the most magnetic of beings, a Jesus-like figure) but he also talks about his wonderful, God-given ass.
Submitted by: Katie
"Ziggy Stardust"
The Boasting Lyrics:
Well-hung and snow white tan.
Comments:
Well, seeing as David WAS Ziggy Stardust, he's kinda just touting his own attributes here. I'm not saying he's wrong (have you SEEN The Man Who Fell To Earth?!) but he's definitely boasting.
Submitted by: Katie
There are additional boasting lyrics available.

Song Title Space Change:

"Star Man" originally "Starman"
Submitted by: Yvette Bristle
"Tim E. Will Crawl" originally "Time Will Crawl"
Submitted by: George Straitjacket
"Scary Monster (Sand Super Creeps)" originally "Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)"
Just in time for Halloween.
Submitted by: George Straitjacket
"Lady's Tar Dust" originally "Lady Stardust"
Submitted by: Josh
"Mo' Dern Love" originally "Modern Love"
Mo', as in short for "more"
Submitted by: Mae Beam

There are additional Song Title Space Change available.

Band Name Anagrams:

Baddie I Vow Submitted by: Evan
I Wed Avid Bo Submitted by: Penelope Beckinsale
Divide a Bow Submitted by: dxman
Diva, I Bowed Submitted by: Marie248
I Vow I Be Dad Submitted by: Britney Spears into pruning hooks
I know how that DNA test will turn out.

Song Title Anagrams:

"I, Norma's Elf" originally "Life On Mars?"
Submitted by: Louisa Ferncliff
"Norma's Life" originally "Life On Mars"
Submitted by: Alexis
"Norma's File" originally "Life On Mars"
Submitted by: Alexis
"Alien Forms" originally "Life On Mars"
Submitted by: Evan
"Castle Den" originally "Let's Dance"
Submitted by: Alexis

There are additional Song Title Anagrams available.

Real Places Mentioned in Songs:

"China Girl"
The Lyrics:
I couldn't escape this feeling with my China girl
Why:
A huge hit for David Bowie in 1983, this song was originally released by Iggy Pop in 1977. China appears in a number of different lyrics throughout the song and clearly relates to the country in Asia!
Submitted by: Adrian Smith
"Panic in Detroit"
The Lyrics:
Panic in Detroit, I asked for an autograph
He wanted to stay home, I wish someone would phone
Why:
Detroit, MI...
Submitted by: Carolyn
There are additional Real Places Mentioned in Songs available.

Super Long Pop Songs:

"Station to Station" Length: 10:14
The opening track of his masterpiece album of the same name.
Submitted by: Lee

Song Title Acrostics:

AD: "Art Decade"
Submitted by: Candy Welty
SOD: "Sense Of Doubt"
Submitted by: Candy Welty
AS: "Aladdin Sane"
Submitted by: Candy Welty
SLAB: "Scream Like A Baby"
Submitted by: Sutch
SO: "Space Oddity"
Submitted by: Travis

There are additional Song Title Acrostics available.

Song Title Spoonerisms:

"Debt's Lance" originally "Let's Dance"
How can debt have a lance
Submitted by: Karen Smith

Band Name Spoonerisms:

Bavid Dowie originally "David Bowie"
Both singers are nonexistent!
Submitted by: Melissa Leo the Lion

Performers with Handicaps:

"Permanently dilated pupil"
According to snopes.com, it is rumored that the reason David Bowie has two different colored eyes is because somebody stabbed him in the eye with a bowie knife. The same rumor says that this is also why he goes by David Bowie, but none of it's true. According to Wikipedia.org, the reason his eyes are different colors is that his friend George Underwood punched him in the left eye during a fight over a girl. David Bowie chose the name 'Bowie' because it was "the ultimate American knife. It is the medium for a conglomerate of statements and illusions." The main reason for the change of stage name was because of the emerging fame of Davy Jones (who is dead now) on the London theatre stage, who later became the lead singer of The Monkees.
Submitted by: Isac

Lighter Side of Serious Bands:

"Blue Jean"
The lengthy video/short movie for Michael Jackson's 1984 hit "Thriller" was an astounding MTV success. So for the hit "Blue Jean" later that year, Bowie made a 20 minute+ "mini-film" titled "Jazzing For Blue Jean". One of the main characters in this short film is a glam rocker named "Screaming Lord Byron". That name is a reference to two real life people: the UK cult star Screaming Lord Sutch, 3rd Earl of Harrow and famous British poet Lord George Gordon Byron, who lived an adventurous, stormy life.
Submitted by: Major Ziggy Stardust
"Don't Sit Down"
This is a 30 second song where Bowie just says "Don't sit down" while laughing.
Submitted by: Paul Warren

Movies Named After Song Titles:

"Young Americans"
Several films, including two from 2014.
Submitted by: Brit Boxx
"Look Back In Anger"
1956 movie with Richard Burton
Submitted by: Rocky

Missing Parts:

"TVC 15"
What were TVCs 1 to 14?
Submitted by: Susanna Viljanen

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