Remembering Scott Walker’s beautiful birthday message to David Bowie
Scott Walker, the pioneering and influential experimental singer-songwriter, composer and record producer, passed away in 2019 at the age of 76. Today, on what would is the second anniversary of his passing, we’re revisiting his wholesome friendship with David Bowie.
Walker, whose work inspired some of alternative music’s most influential of names, has links to some of the greatest records ever made. More specifically, one person Walker did collaborate with on a regular basis was his good friend David Bowie. Both Walker and Bowie spoke very candidly about each other’s work during their careers and, on multiple occasions, the Thin White Duke covered a number of Walker’s songs which came most notably in the shape of ‘Nite Flights’ which featured on Bowie’s Black Tie White Noise album.
While the pair were often found collaborating together on a professional level, Walker reminded his fans of his close personal relationship when he recorded a special message for Bowie on what was The Starman’s 50th birthday. The clip, which was taken from BBC Radio One and dated in 1997, began: “Hi David, this is Scott Walker,” before he continued: “I’m coming to you via a very crappy handheld tape machine, so I hope it’s alright.”
Walker added: “I’m going to be a devil today and not ask you any questions. I’m certain that among the many messages, there will be those about how you embrace the new, and how you’ve freed so many artists – and this is of course true.
“Like everyone else, I’d like to thank you for all the years and especially your generosity of spirit when it comes to other artists. I’ve been the beneficiary on more than one occasion, let me tell you.
“So have a wonderful birthday. By the way, mine’s the day after yours; so I’ll have a drink to you on the other side of midnight.”