Once again David Bowie has managed to put his finger on the zeitgeist with a song about the, um, fall of the Berlin Wall:
There's a breathless breakdown of those Berlin references in the Times (£):
“Sitting in the Dschungel on Nürnberger Strasse”
The Dschungel (meaning “jungle”) was a seminal nightclub, open from 1978 until 1993, which has been described as the closest thing that Berlin had to Studio 54 in New York. Bowie and his flatmate Iggy Pop were regulars and Mick Jagger, Prince, Barbra Streisand and Boy George all came through its doors.
“A man lost in time near KaDeWe”
An abbreviation of Kaufhaus des Westens, KaDeWe is Berlin’s largest department store and second only to Harrod’s in Europe. The excellent food hall would have been a good place for Bowie to pick up the peppers and milk that, alongside cocaine, coffee and cigarettes, reportedly formed his late Seventies diet.
Well, he was never much of a man of the people.
So - aged hipster recalls his most productive period over thirty years ago when he was slumming it in Berlin on a diet of ciggies and cocaine. And now he feels sad because it was a long time ago and he's a lot older.