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Rebel Rebel and Alabama Song share a birthday

on February 15, 2014


“Hey babe, it's time to say goodbye*”


Rebel Rebel and Alabama Song are two Bowie 45s which were originally released on this day in 1974 and 1980 respectively.

The former was a Top 5 single on the UK chart while the latter peaked at #23. We’ll post more about Rebel Rebel nearer to the 40th anniversary picture disc issue next month.

Alabama Song was a fan favourite on the 1978 World Tour, so even though the record buying public may have found the unusual tempo and key changes a challenge, fans were glad that a studio version of the song had finally been made available.

The release was

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TV collects MPG Innovation Award for DB

on February 13, 2014


“A new world, new ways ever free”


Tony Visconti flew into the UK yesterday (Wednesday) to collect The Innovator Award on David Bowie’s behalf at the Music Producers Guild Awards ceremony in London this evening.

Here’s what he said as he picked up the award:


“It is an honour and a privilege to accept this award on behalf of my friend and collaborator of 47 years, David Bowie. He deserves it because he is the one and the only DAVID BOWIE.”


Tony himself was up for the International Producer of the Year, which in the event went to Rick Rubin.

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Sound And Vision 45 released this day in 1977

on February 11, 2014


“Don’t you wonder sometimes”


Originally a #3 UK hit for Bowie in 1977 when it was released as the first single from the classic Low album, Sound And Vision was unusual in that the lead vocal didn’t appear until half way through the song.

It was also strange that it didn’t precede the album release and considering this and the fact that RCA barely promoted the single in the UK, it’s surprising it did so well on the singles chart there.

Produced by Bowie and Tony Visconti, the song also featured a guest vocal from Mary Hopkin, Visconti’s then wife.

If you’ve not heard Sound And Vision

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Ziggy and The Spiders TV debut this day in 1972

on February 08, 2014


“Switch on the TV we may pick him up on channel two”


In the UK 42 years ago this evening, David Bowie was among the people to catch the television debut of an exciting young artist and his new band, Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars, though they weren't yet billed as such.

Having recorded three tracks for the broadcast the previous day, Bowie and band had been readying themselves for the official start of the Ziggy Stardust tour at the Toby Jug on February 10th.

The show was The Old Grey Whistle Test and the songs recorded were Queen Bitch, Five Years and Oh! You Pretty Things.

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14 David Bowie songs in NME all-time top 500

on February 05, 2014


“A couple of songs from your old scrapbook”


Hot on the heels of their top 500 albums poll, the latest issue of NME (February 8th) has a cover feature titled: The 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time.

David Bowie has a long list of compositions in the poll, with a half page devoted to "Heroes" alone. Here’s the opening paragraph of that particular article:


“The list of things that are wrong with "Heroes" is a short one. In summary: those quotation marks. They seem to provide a song of such unrestrained emotion with a get-out-of-jail-free disclaimer of irony.