Bowie ‘viceless’ after snuffing out cigarette habit

This one’s for maxmatahari. Thought I read it in Rolling Stone, but it actually ran in the Miami Herald.

David Bowie said he’s finally “viceless” after managing to quit cigarettes following a lifetime of smoking, reports the Sydney Morning Herald.

After kicking the habit, Bowie, 57, joked: “Well, there’s just the heroin. But I’m dealing with that – it shouldn’t be long now. Other than that, life is a dream.

“No, please, I take that back. Yes, I’m afraid I am viceless. I don’t drink, do drugs or smoke. I do coffee – gallons of it, still.”

Bowie, who has confessed to using drugs during the ’70s, said that after reuniting with producer Tony Visconti for last year’s “Reality” album, the pair plan to work again on a new album after his tour wraps up in July.

Bowie said he probably produced his worst music in the mid-’80s, calling the period his “Phil Collins era.”

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17 thoughts on “Bowie ‘viceless’ after snuffing out cigarette habit

  1. Yeah, but the best part is that the derogatory term he uses is – of all things – Phil Collins. That’s awesome.

  2. *sigh* I suppose this means in 15 to 20 years I have to give up the briar.

    Funny the comment on the 80s. There were a bunch of us who, after listening to “Blue Jean” and “Never Let You Down” that he should have headed back to Berlin with Eno and Iggy with a briefcase full of blow. Whatever he was doing, it wasn’t making it. Still haven’t heard “Reality” but “Heathen” was great. Glad to have you back, David.


  3. Me and maxmatahari have a long running joke about the 80s and what it did to musicians. He cringes about Bowie, I cringe at McCartney. I think McCartney did more damage to his career just by producing anything from 1983-1993. So much so, that most people don’t even recognize what he’s really done since then, and he’s typically notched up to passe 70’s classic rock. Don’t get me wrong – he’s made some crap in the 90s, but there’s some really great stuff in there, too.

    It’s good to see that across the board a lot of long standing musicians are generally rebounding.

  4. I think you’re right. Dylan and The Stones had a rough time during the 80s, though both of them pulled it out. Springsteen meandered. The Who imploded as did Pink Floyd. Zep, of course, split up and was saved having to undergo all that. And most of the new wave bands burned bright for a short while but weren’t built to last. About the only bands that I can think of that thrived during the 80s were U2 and REM. Funny…they seem to be kind of clipping coupons now.


  5. I think U2 was a step ahead of you. Maybe we’ll get some more rock n’ roll from these guys after all.

    “U2 will re-team with STEVE LILLYWHITE, who produced the band’s early records, for their tenth studio album. Though Lillywhite added some production to the 2000’s All That You Can’t Leave Behind, the new record will be his first full collaborative effort with the band in more than twenty years. Recording begins next week in hopes of a fall release.”

  6. I feel so very young. When I think David Bowie, Labyrinth pops in my head.

    Now that song is in my head “You remind me of the babe, what babe? The babe with the power, what power? Power of voodoo, who do, you do, do what, remind me of the babe…”

  7. “I feel so very young. When I think David Bowie, Labyrinth pops in my head.”

    *groan* Oh God. Hunky Dory. Ziggy. Thin White Duke. gol-den years, gol-den years…wah-wah-wah…


  8. Thanks for the note. I actually heard their last album was pretty good, but I didn’t buy it. Did Lanois work on that one?


  9. No clue. Last U2 album I bought was Straddle a Bum. I did hear the same reviews about the last one as well. Somehow, I always end up hearing U2 without ever having any in my library.

  10. Some of their stuff I love, some of it…eh. “Unforgettable Fire”–the Lillywhite album–was very good, but I listened it to death during my New York days and seldom turn to it anymore. “Joshua Tree” stays in the car, however; it’s one of the ultimate road albums, along with “Born to Run” and Ry Cooder’s “Soundtracks.”


  11. A co-worker once turned to me with open, puppydog eyes and said, “Phil Collins is one of the great misunderstood geniuses, don’t you think?”

    Put me on the goddamn floor, I thought I was going to have to call 911.


  12. Yeah, him and Rod Stewart. Where would music be without them?


    This was a co-worker in an office environment, wasn’t it?

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