David Bowie, The Linguini Incident, and Fame


David Bowie (who was born David Jones but had to change his name because there was another lesser, but well-known, David Jones — Davy Jones of The Monkees) turns 65 today. Bowie co-starred in a 1991 movie called The Linguini Incident with Rosanna Arquette. Arquette played Lucy, a frustrated escape artist who’s obsessed with becoming a female Harry Houdini. As she waits for her big break, she is somehow persuaded to rob the restaurant where she works. Along the way, she falls in love with the restaurant’s bartender (Bowie) who tries to get her to marry him so he can get a green card. The movie’s tagline? “She wants to get tied up. He wants to get tied down. It’s not what you think.” Hilarity may or may not ensue.

So, we’ve got linguine. Now we need garlic. Bowie’s Fame is one of many famous songs with misheard lyrics. (Jimi Hendrix’s “‘scuse me while I kiss this guy” being perhaps the best of the lot.)

Here’s what Bowie actually sings: Bully for you, chilly for me, gotta get a raincheck on … pain.

Here’s the misheard version: Sugar for you, sugar for me, garlic and oregano … fame. (I actually thought he said, something for you, something for me, gotta get a razor gun … fame.)

SO … in Bowie’s honor (I’m a huge fan), try Linguine with Salsa Pomodoro all Pizzaiola. “Pizzaiola” which hails from Naples describes any sauce with oregano because it means the sauce tastes like pizza topping.

Salsa Pomodoro alla Pizzaiola
2 cloves garlic, sliced
2 T. olive oil

15 oz. can of peeled tomatoes

1 t. dried oregano
sprig of fresh Italian parsley, chopped

1 pound linguine
Parmesan cheese, to taste.

Cook pasta in well-salted water. (Water should taste like sea water).

Saute the garlic in the olive oil until golden. Add the tomatoes and cook until reduced. Add oregano and parsley to the sauce, salt and pepper to taste.

When pasta is ready, drain and pour it into the sauce. (Reserve a little pasta water when draining; add if the sauce seems dry). Serve with cheese (optional).

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