In the latest issue of Rolling Stone, Pop discusses his friend Bowie and his immense musical impact:
“I learned a lot from him. I first heard the Ramones, Kraftwerk and Tom Waits from him. He also had a certain rigor. If he saw something in another artist he admired, if they didn’t pick up that ball and run with it, he didn’t have any problem saying, ‘Well, if you’re not going to do it, I will. I’ll do this thing you should have done.’ And that was very valid…
“David was not a person to waste a piece of music: Never waste an idea. I first heard his 1980 song ‘Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)’ when we were in a house on Sunset Boulevard in 1974. It was called ‘Running Scared’ at the time. He was playing it on the guitar and wanted to know if I could do something with it. I couldn’t. He kept it and worked it up.
“That was another big thing I learned: Don’t throw stuff away.”
In 1972, Bowie confronted Pop about his escalating addictions, which encouraged him to move to London to work on his music career. Pop and Bowie moved to Berlin together his the hopes of becoming sober for good.
Read the full essay here.