TVC 15

David Bowie

About TVC 15

"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-fueled 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. It was chosen as the second single from Station to Station in the UK, where it reached No. 33. In the USA, it peaked at No.64 on Billboard singles chart. The song was also a top 20 hit in Sweden. The B-side, "We Are the Dead", originally part of Bowie's attempt to adapt Nineteen Eighty-Four, had previously been released on the Diamond Dogs album. 


Year:
1980
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Up every evening 'bout
Half eight or nine
I give my complete attention
To a very good friend of mine
He's quadraphonic, he's a
He's got more channels
So hologramic, oh my TVC one five
I brought my baby home, she, she sat around forlorn
She saw my TVC one five, baby's gone, she
She crawled right in, oh my, she crawled right in my
So hologramic, oh my TVC one five
Oh, so demonic, oh my TVC one five

Maybe if I pray every, each night I sit there pleading
Send back my dream test baby, she's my main feature
My TVC one five, he, he just stares back unblinking
So hologramic, oh my TVC one five
One of these nights I may just jump down that rainbow way
Be with my baby, then we'll spend some time together
So hologramic, oh my TVC one five
My baby's in there someplace, love's rating in the sky
So hologramic, oh my TVC one five

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Oh my TVC one five, oh oh, TVC one five
Oh my TVC one five, oh oh, TVC one five
Oh my TVC one five, oh oh, TVC one five
Oh my TVC one five, oh oh, TVC one five

Maybe if I pray every, each night I sit there pleading
"Send back my dream test baby, she's my main feature"
My TVC one five, he, he just stares back unblinking
So hologramic, oh my TVC one five
One of these nights I may just jump down that rainbow way
Be with my baby, then we'll spend some time together
So hologramic, oh my TVC one five
My baby's in there someplace, love's rating in the sky
So hologramic, oh my TVC one five

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Oh my TVC one five, oh oh, TVC one five
Oh my TVC one five, oh oh, TVC one five
Oh my TVC one five, oh oh, TVC one five
Oh my TVC one five, oh oh, TVC one five

Oh my TVC one five, oh oh, TVC one five
Oh my TVC one five, oh oh, TVC one five
Oh my TVC one five, oh oh, TVC one five
Oh my TVC one five, oh oh, TVC one five
Oh my TVC one five, oh oh, TVC one five
Oh my TVC one five, oh oh, TVC one five
Oh my TVC one five, oh oh, TVC one five

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David Bowie

David Robert Jones (8 January 1947 - 10 January 2016), known by his stage name David Bowie ( /ˈboʊ.i/ BOH-ee), was an English musician, actor, record producer and arranger. A major figure for over four decades in the world of popular music, Bowie is widely regarded as an innovator, particularly for his work in the 1970s. He is known for his distinctive voice as well as the intellectual depth and considerable eclecticism of his work. more »

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Written by: David Bowie

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10 facts about this song

Song Creation
"TVC 15" is a song by David Bowie, taken from his 1976 album "Station to Station." Bowie wrote this song inspired by a drug-fueled nightmare he had.
Concept Origin
Bowie claimed he dreamed up the song’s concept while he was high on cocaine. In his hallucination, the TV set swallowed up his girlfriend, an event that he then translated into the song lyrics.
TVC 15 Meaning
The song name 'TVC 15' refers to a specific type of Trinitron television - Bowie’s homophonous play on 'TVC' and 'TV set.'
Song Influences
The song was heavily influenced by the style of American rock and roll music, specifically with a boogie piano riff that's common in the genre.
Album's Success
"TVC 15" was a track on the album "Station to Station," which was a critical and commercial success. It reached the Top 5 in both the U.S. and the UK.
Single Release
"TVC 15" was released as a single by RCA Records in 1976 and climbed to No. 33 on the UK Singles Chart, a modest but notable success for Bowie.
Music Video
Currently, there is no official music video for "TVC 15." The song has been performed on various live concerts and on TV shows.
Cover Versions
The song has been covered by several artists, including British rock musician Roxy Music's frontman Bryan Ferry.
Live Performances
Bowie performed "TVC 15" on his 1978 world tour, and it was included in the concert album "Stage" released later that year.
Iggy Pop Collaboration
“TVC 15” is one of three songs Bowie wrote with his friend and collaborator Iggy Pop during the 1970s, the other two being “Sister Midnight” and “China Girl.”

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