Track 5: Zeroes
Album: Never Let Me Down
I read Space Opera by Catherynne M. Valente when it came out this year. Far-out sci-fi book. The novel references Bowie several times and the main character is the lead singer of a band called Decibel Jones and the Absolute Zeroes who have to perform in a cosmic, intergalactic concert battle and not lose or else planet Earth gets annihilated. I wonder now if Absolute Zeroes, in addition to being a scientific term, is by any chance a reference to the Zeroes here in these lyrics.
Bowie's Zeroes directly references Prince's Little Red Corvette (1982). I drew a '69 corvette because it's my best friend's favorite car.
I also want to point out that Little Red Corvette is off of Prince's album 1999, which of course has the title song, 1999, a song about a future year, having been written in 1982, and Bowie also has a song about a future year, 1984, having been written in 1974, which of course was in reference to George Orwell's novel 1984, having been originally published in 1949. That was fun for me to write. Truly my idea of a good time.
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