TVC 15

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"TVC 15"
Single by David Bowie
from the album Station to Station
B-side "We Are the Dead"
Released 30 April 1976 (1976-04-30)
Format 7" single
Recorded Cherokee Studios, Hollywood and Record Plant Studios, Los Angeles; September–November 1975
Genre Rock, krautrock
Length 5:33 (Album Version)
3:43 (Single Version)
Label RCA
2682
Writer(s) David Bowie
Producer(s) David Bowie, Harry Maslin
David Bowie singles chronology
"Golden Years"
(1975)
"TVC 15"
(1976)
"Suffragette City"
(1976)
Station to Station track listing
"Word on a Wing"
(3)
"TVC 15"
(4)
"Stay"
(5)

"TVC 15" is a song written and recorded by David Bowie in 1975 and released in 1976.

The track was inspired by an episode in which Iggy Pop, during a drug-fuelled period at Bowie’s LA home, hallucinated and believed the television set was swallowing his girlfriend. Bowie developed a story of a holographic television, TVC 15. In the song, the narrator's girlfriend crawls into the television and afterwards, the narrator desires to crawl in himself to find her.

The song is considerably more upbeat than the rest of the album on which it was released, Station to Station. It was chosen as the second single from the album in the UK, where it reached No. 33. With Bowie unable to perform on the show, Top of the Pops promoted the single with a bizarre interpretation from resident dance troupe Ruby Flipper. The B-side, "We Are the Dead", originally formed part of Bowie’s attempt to adapt Nineteen Eighty-Four, and had previously been released on the Diamond Dogs album.

In America, "Stay" was preferred as the second single from the album.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "TVC 15" (Bowie) – 3:43
  2. "We Are the Dead" (Bowie) – 4:58

Production credits[edit]

Live versions[edit]

  • A live performance recorded on 23 March 1976 was released on Live Nassau Coliseum '76, part of the 2010 reissues of Station to Station.
  • A spring 1978 performance from the "Heroes" tour can be heard on Stage.
  • On 14 December 1979 Bowie performed the song as a musical guest on Saturday Night Live, accompanied by Klaus Nomi and Joey Arias.
  • Bowie performed the song during the Live Aid concerts on July 13, 1985. It was considerably sped up and more upbeat.

Other releases[edit]

Cover versions[edit]

References[edit]

Pegg, Nicholas, The Complete David Bowie, Reynolds & Hearn Ltd, 2000, ISBN 1-903111-14-5