Lisa Robinson: You’ve written at least one really good rock’n’roll song every year.
David Bowie: Incredible sort of luck and a shred of mercenary attitude got me that far.
LR: Isn’t It hard to write good rock’n’roll songs?
DB: Not if you’re desperate enough. And not if you passionately want to be a rock’n roll star and be lionized and have eulogies written about you. Then you write a bloody good rock n’ roll song. If you don’t, you’re not going to be a rock n’ roll star.
LR: Why are you attracted to all that?
DB: Because I do what I want very well. I’m a good synthetic. I’m the first really synthetic rock star. There is no other.
Lisa Robinson interview, 1977 from Spin Magazine.