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Kaiser Chiefs Caught Lying About Obtaining David Bowie Lyrics (Updated)


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David Bowie did not pen lyrics, and then have his words rejected, by the British rock band Kaiser Chiefs. Bowie of course has been "retired" the past eight years, and outside of archival releases, reissues, and remixes, the Thin White Duke hasn't provided fans with any new material, so word that he maybe contributed fresh verses was tantalizing. The Chiefs' Nick Hodgson claimed Scary Monsters producer Tony Visconti texted Bowie for assistance since he was also coincidentally working on the Kaisers' album The Future Is Medieval, but this is not exactly true, the Guardian writes.

"Tony texted David asking for suggestions to finish off a verse [on the song 'Man on Mars'] and he came up with a couple of lines," Hodgson (maybe) told News of the World, the world's least reliable newspaper. "I'm such a big Bowie fan I can't believe I'm saying this, but they just weren't right, so I've missed out on a Hodgson/Bowie writing credit. Gutted!" The lyric in question: "Trust you, trust you, trust you to know everything about me." Yeah, Bowie couldn't improve that gem, sure.

Visconti was quick to call BS on the story. "I have never asked David Bowie to write lyrics for Kaiser Chiefs," he told NME. "That is absurd. I was hired for the production job because of [Hodgson's] obsession with Bowie and T. Rex. My production secrets... did not include getting Bowie to write lyrics for them."

Last summer, there was chatter that Bowie had co-written a song called "Vinyl" for Lady Gaga's then-upcoming Born This Way. The rumors forced Bowie'e people to emphatically deny any collaborations with Gaga. If Bowie is going to outright reject the notion of working with a global megastar like Lady Gaga, the likelihood of him contributing lyrics to a Brit-famous band like Kaiser Chiefs is incredibly remote. And ultimately not true.

Update: Two members of the Chiefs tweeted us (Follow The Amp!) to say that Hodgson's quotes about Bowie were a joke taken slightly out of context. As Hodgson told This Is Cornwall: "Basically what happened is the words came out of my mouth and have gone round the Internet and they've now become something that isn't the case. We had one line with two words missing, we were asking everyone 'what do you think we can do'. We asked Tony Visconti, who was producing us at the time, can you send him Bowie an e-mail with just the sentence but with the blanks."

Hodgson continued: "This is why he is telling the truth, because at no point did he ask David Bowie to write lyrics for us. He did send the e-mail and he did come back and we did read it and we didn't use it because we didn't use that section of the song. That's the final word so stick it on the Internet. Between two opposing tabloid stories the truth is always somewhere in the middle and always a lot more boring than either of them. I read a headline that said 'The Kaiser Chiefs say Bowie collaboration was not good enough.' No, that's not it at all."

So there you have it. Moral is, just leave Bowie alone.

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