|Song by David Bowie|
|from the album Diamond Dogs|
|Released||24 May 1974|
|Recorded||Olympic Studios, London, early 1974|
|Songwriter(s)||David Bowie |
"Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered" by Richard Rodgers
Music and lyrics
Barely a minute in length, "Future Legend" begins with a distorted howl and features Bowie's spoken-word vision of a post-apocalyptic Manhattan, now renamed Hunger City. He describes "fleas the size of rats" and "rats the size of cats", and compares the humanoid inhabitants to "packs of dogs".
Halfway through the narration, the Richard Rodgers' tune "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered" strikes up (the song and its composer appear on the track list of the original vinyl album but this credit is omitted on CD releases). "Future Legend" then morphs into the album's title track, with the cry "This Ain't Rock and Roll, This Is Genocide!".
A backing tape of the track was played as the lead-in to "Diamond Dogs" at some performances on Bowie's North American tour in 1974.
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