“I’m Afraid of Americans”.

 

“I’m Afraid of Americans”
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   Lyrics                       Video
from the album       Earthling
A-side Versions 1–4 (12″)
B-side Versions 5–6 (12″)
Released 14 October 1997
Format
  • 12″
  • CD
Recorded
  • August 1996 at Looking Glass Studio
  • (New York, New York)
Length
  • 5:00 (album version)
  • Various (single remixes)
Label Virgin
Writer(s)
Producer(s)

I’m Afraid of Americans is a single by David Bowie from the 1997 album Earthling. The song, co-written by Bowie and Brian Eno, was originally written during Bowie’s studio sessions for the 1995 album Outside but was not released until a rough mix appeared on the soundtrack to the film Showgirls, and was subsequently remade for Earthling. A top 20 hit in Canada, the rework also peaked at number 66 on the Billboard Hot 100 and spent 16 weeks on that chart. This was the final Bowie single which charted on the Hot 100 until “Blackstar” and “Lazarus” following his death.

Bowie describes the feelings behind the song:

“It’s not as truly hostile about Americans as say “Born in the U.S.A.”: it’s merely sardonic. I was traveling in Java when [its] first McDonald’s went up: it was like, “for fuck’s sake.” The invasion by any homogenized culture is so depressing, the erection of another Disney World in, say, Umbria, Italy, more so. It strangles the indigenous culture and narrows expression of life.”  star66

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