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He told Tom Scharpling during a lengthy interview on The Best Show that, during a discussion on Reed’s output, Murphy said Bowie had a different opinion on ‘Lulu’ to most others that had heard it. “That’s some of the best writing Lou’s done,” Bowie apparently said. “People are making a snap judgement and they aren’t listening.”
The LCD leader said when the pair had first met, Bowie didn’t realise who he was, but later told him how big a fan of his work he was. Murphy said he had replied: “If you know anything about my work, you know I’m an enormous fan of your work because I steal from you liberally.”
Bowie then responded: “You can’t steal from a thief, darling.”
The cover was revealed last week, much to the disappointment of many fans online. One compared it to a “preset Powerpoint tile slide.”
The artwork is a painting by Murphy’s friend Rob Reynolds and reflects the “combination of sunshine and oppression” that makes up the album. Speaking of the backlash against it, Murphy laughed: “The world has got to be a static environment for that to be a story on Newsweek.”
He also hinted that the first two tracks to have been revealed from the record – the title track and ‘Call The Police’ – should not be taken as signs of what the rest of the tracklisting sounds like. Instead, he said the album is “heavier”, with “darker songs”.