When Q journalist David Quantick flew to New York in 1999 to meet Bowie ahead of the release of 'Hours…' he found King Gnome in chipper form, sprightly, funny and eager to discuss almost everything other than his new album. Maybe that was because (in my opinion) it's far from being one of his best. I think it's dull and ininspiring. Not Quantick. Listen and marvel as my guest fights his corner with grace and insight, countering my rather lumpen repeated assaults on the record. He cleverly admits its shortcomings while stubbornly extolling its virtues. Can I sustain my position in the face of such eloquence? I must apologise to you, as I had a terrible cold when I recorded this, so had to subsequently dub some questions on afterwards, for clarity, instead of the snivelling sneezing mess that originally ended up on tape. So there will be a few minor glitches, echoes and weird edits. But I hope they don't distract you from this half an hours or so [arf!] of Bowie chat.