Fashion in Song – Fashion – 1980

David Bowie said his 1980 song Fashion was about the wearying, conformist full-time job of following trend in the largest sense of the word, not just clothes, but all things fashionable. “When I first started going to discos in New York in the early ’70s, there was a very high powered enthusiasm and [the scene] had a natural course about it,” Bowie said on a promo disc. “[It] seems now to be replaced by an insidious grim determination to be fashionable, as though it’s actually a vocation. There’s some kind of strange aura about it.”

There’s a brand new dance but I don’t know its name
That people from bad homes do again and again
It’s big and it’s bland full of tension and fear
They do it over there but we don’t do it here

Fashion!
Turn to the left
Fashion!
Turn to the right
Oooh, fashion!
We are the goon squad and we’re coming to town
Beep-beep, beep-beep

Listen to me, don’t listen to me
Talk to me, don’t talk to me
Dance with me, don’t dance with me, no
Beep-beep

There’s a brand new talk, but it’s not very clear
Oh bop
That people from good homes are talking this year
Oh bop, fashion it’s loud and tasteless and I’ve heard it before
Oh bop
You shout it while you’re dancing on the ole dance floor
Oh bop, fashion

Fashion!
Turn to the left
Fashion!
Right
Fashion!
We are the goon squad and we’re coming to town
Beep-beep
Beep-beep

Listen to me, don’t listen to me
Talk to me, don’t talk to me
Dance with me, don’t dance with me, no
Beep-beep
Beep-beep

Oh, bop, do do do do do do do do
Fa-fa-fa-fa-fashion
Oh, bop, do do do do do do do do
Fa-fa-fa-fa-fashion
La-la la la la la la-la

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