|Single by David Bowie|
|from the album Station to Station|
|B-side||"We Are the Dead"|
|Released||30 April 1976|
|Recorded||Cherokee Studios, Hollywood and Record Plant Studios, Los Angeles; September–November 1975|
|Length||5:33 (Album Version)
3:43 (Single Version)
|David Bowie singles chronology|
"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.
In America, "Stay" was preferred as the second single from the album.
- "TVC 15" (Bowie) – 3:43
- "We Are the Dead" (Bowie) – 4:58
- David Bowie: Lead Vocals, Guitar on "We Are The Dead", Saxophone, Mellotron
- Warren Peace: Backing Vocals on "TVC 15"
- Carlos Alomar, Earl Slick: Guitar on "TVC 15"
- George Murray: Bass on "TVC 15"
- Dennis Davis: Drums on "TVC 15"
- Roy Bittan: Piano on "TVC 15"
- Herbie Flowers: Bass on "We Are the Dead"
- Mike Garson: Piano on "We Are the Dead"
- Aynsley Dunbar: Drums on "We Are the Dead"
- 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.
- It appeared on several compilations:
- The song also appeared on the Christiane F. soundtrack (1981).
- It was released as a picture disc in the RCA Life Time disc set.
Pegg, Nicholas, The Complete David Bowie, Reynolds & Hearn Ltd, 2000, ISBN 1-903111-14-5