david lazarus


No Plan EP has just been released for David Bowie’s 70th Birthday!

Tracklist as follows:

01. Lazarus
02. No Plan
03. Killing a Little Time
04. When I Met You

(The same songs can be found on the Lazarus musical soundtrack album, but this is the first standalone release)


How starstruck, after all, can anybody feel after the object of one’s veneration says, early on, without a trace of irony, that he was excited to start a new project because: ‘Now I get to do one of my favorite things. Go to a stationery store and get Sharpies and Post-its!’

Yes, the Space Oddity, the Thin White Duke, was excited about picking up a few things at Staples.

—  Michael Cunningham, ‘Stage Oddity: The Story of David Bowie’s Secret Final Project‘

David fell into a second fit of embarrassment and hesitantly said he’d been thinking about popular artists who are not considered great artists, particularly the poet Emma Lazarus, who wrote “The New Colossus.” That’s the poem inscribed inside the base of the Statue of Liberty, the one that includes the lines “Give me your tired, your poor / Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.”

What, said David, are we to make of a poet taught in few universities, included in few anthologies, but whose work, nevertheless, is more familiar to more people than that of the most exalted and immortal writers?

I agreed that it was an interesting notion, although one that had never occurred to me.

As we left the restaurant, David’s assistant said, “I know I don’t have to tell you to keep this project a secret.” To which I replied, “Do you really think a musical about an alien, a dead Bob Dylan, and the work of Emma Lazarus is an idea someone is likely to steal?”

Speaking of coherence: A few days after our initial meeting, David called to tell me he’d forgotten something. He’d be pleased if mariachi music could be incorporated, mariachi music being under-appreciated outside Mexico.

—  Michael Cunningham, ‘Stage Oddity: The Story of David Bowie’s Secret Final Project‘