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David Bowie, former associate of The Rutles, holds up his copy of 1.

David Bowie was a 20th and 21st-century musician, best known for albums such as The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust, Let's Dance, Blackstar, and 4. During the 1960's, he closely knew The Rutles, and in 2002 was interviewed for The Rutles 2: Can't Buy Me Lunch.

In 1968, Bowie entered a behind-the-scenes beef with Ron Nasty over his album Old Bag (AKA Two Mormons) as Bowie felt "Old Bag" was a reference to his then-wife. Despite this disagreement, he still worked with Nasty on his hit single "Foam".

In his later life, Bowie became obsessed with the Rutle compilation album 1, which he viewed, bitterly, as a feat of "marketing extravagance." In response, he released his own album of songs, 4.

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