Fred Armisen for David Bowie

Fred Armisen

Fred Armisen: When I was in high school and living in Long Island, I stayed up to see David Bowie play on Saturday Night Live. And watching him was for me a life changing experience. He had these backup singers that were like, choir singers from the future. And a toy put with a TV monitor in his mouth. David Bowie transformed whatever space he was in, whatever medium he was using, and that night for me he transformed a live television. I encourage you go to go to watch all of his performances from that night in 1979. And now, David Bowie.

[Cut to old video of David Bowie singing Man Who Sold The World by Nirvana.]

David Bowie: We passed upon the stair
We spoke of was and when
Although I wasn’t there
He said I was his friend
Which came as a surprise
I spoke into his eyes
I thought you died alone
A long long time ago
Oh no, not me
We never lost control
You’re face to face
With the man who sold the world