“Never Get Old” is a single by Bowie taken from the “Reality” studio album. The Reality album is the twenty-third studio album by David Bowie. It was released on 16 September 2003.
In 2001, Strausbaugh’s book, attacked “colostomy rock”: “Rock should simply not be played by 55-year-old men with triple chins, pretending to still be excited about playing songs they wrote 30 or 35 years ago….”
Bowie was labelled a “self-serving, egomaniacal, 52-year-old creep [conflating] all of rock ‘n’ roll with his own way-past-prime career”.
“Never Get Old” is Bowie’s response. Fuck you: I am the aging letch you hate, and there’s nothing you can do about it.
“It’s a rather silly song,” Bowie told Kurt Orzeck. “It’s kind of [about] a petulant 56-year-old.” To the Sun, Bowie added that “there’s the image of a petulant rock singer sitting in a half-darkened room saying, ‘I’m not gonna get old.’ I thought it was a funny image and I had to write it before someone else my age did.”
“Never Get Old” was part of a growing cheekiness, a lack of reverence for his legend. Bowie had become grand enough of a monument that he could scrawl on it