Bowie's Labyrinth Song Was Inspired by Bobby-Soxer!

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In The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer, Cary Grant initiates this silly back-and-forth:

            “You remind me of a man.”

            “What man?”

            “The man with the power.”

            “What power?”

            “The power of hoodoo.”


            “You do.”

            “Do what?”

            “Remind me of a man...”

This humorous joke inspired David Bowie when he was writing songs for 1986’s Labyrinth, a film produced by Jim Henson’s company.

When Henson and the team were first writing the film, they envisioned a rock star playing the part of the goblin king and considered casting Michael Jackson, Sting, or Bowie.

Henson said, “David was immediately the one we wanted.”

After reading the script and seeing The Dark Crystal, Henson's previous project, Bowie was on board.

Bowie said, “Jim gave me complete freedom – allowed me to say what I wanted and write the things that I wanted.”

David wrote five songs for the film, including “Dance Magic” which references The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer.

In the song, he does his own version on the film’s joke.

            “You remind me of the babe.”

            “What babe?”

            “The babe with the power.”

            “What power?”

            “The power of voodoo.”

            “Who do?”

            “You do.”

            “Do what?”

            “Remind me of the babe...”

When Bowie and his team entered the studio to make the song, they were originally going to record the sounds made by a back-up singer's baby. However, the little guy wasn't talkative, so Bowie had to create the noises himself. 

“So I’m the baby on that track as well,” Bowie joked.

When the “Dance Magic” scene was filmed, it used 48 puppets controlled by approximately 52 puppeteers.