I’m Afraid of Americans

David Bowie with Trent Reznor (1997)

Tired of the midterms yet?

I’m Afraid of Americans is a satire on American corporitisation, homogenization, aggressiveness and mass culture. Bowie explained the background to the song:

“I was traveling in Java when [its] first McDonald’s went up: it was like, ‘for fuck’s sake!'”

David Bowie

A successful and much darker remix with Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails placed number 66 on the US charts and the music video featuring the remix was nominated for Best Male Video in the 1998 MTV Video Music Awards.

“The face of America that we have to put up with is the MacDonald’s/Disney/Coke face. This really homogenous, bland cultural invasion that sweeps over us – which is unfortunate, because the aspects of America that are really magical to us are the things it seems to reject, like black music or the Beat poets.”

David Bowie


  1. Me too. I’m happy to see Michigan is finally coming around and passed abortion rights. I always found it so conservative when I lived there and voting was definitely frustrating and discouraging. Take care.

  2. That’s awesome! You’re in Michigan right? I live in Seattle so we generally tend to lean Democrat so you don’t usually hear much about us come election season. We kept our senator of 30 years. People seem to like her here

  3. You’re right, good timing. How did your state’s elections go?? We held on to our Democratic Governor and passed abortion rights proposals.

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