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Starman 45 is 43 today

on April 28, 2015

 

“If we can sparkle he may land tonight”

 

David Bowie’s game-starting single, Starman, was released in the UK on April 28th 1972.

In case you can’t read it in our montage, the text in the 1972 US “David Bowie Is The Starman” advert reads thus...

“He's thin and he’s English. He's got orange hair and he sings and plays electric guitar. He's got a hit record called “Starman” which is from his new album called “The Rise and fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars.” David Bowie. He’s Ziggy Stardust and he is beautiful.”

Remind yourself of that last statement here.

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Boys continue to swing with style

on April 27, 2015

 

“They’ll never clone ya“

 

One of the very best 45s of all time and another Top Ten hit for David Bowie was released this day in 1979, accompanied by an equally brilliant video.

The Bowie/Visconti produced Boys Keep Swinging was a breath of fresh air in a musical landscape dominated by folk taking themselves a little too seriously.

Both the humour and the role reversal of the recording (Guitarist Carlos Alomar played drums and drummer Dennis Davis played bass), transferred perfectly to the David Mallet video, with Bowie taking on the guise of his own female backing singers.

If you’ve not

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Fame is next 40th Anniversary Picture Disc

on April 26, 2015

 

“Fame, What's your name?”

 

You must be getting the hang of this by now and will have realised some time ago that the next limited David Bowie 7" picture disc will be the 40th anniversary edition of Fame.

Originally issued in the UK on Friday July 18th 1975, this 40th anniversary disc will be released 40 years and 6 days on from that date, on Friday July 24th 2015.

Fame was the second 45 released from the Young Americans album and it gave Bowie his first #1 single when it reached the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100.

Here follows the full details.

 

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Changes stays at #1 - Kingdom Come up to #3

on April 26, 2015

 

“Time may change me, But I can't trace time“

 

Great to hear the news that you people have kept both of David Bowie’s RSD single releases in the Top Three of the latest UK Official Vinyl Singles Chart.

Changes remains at #1 for a second week after entering the chart at the top spot upon release, while Kingdom Come has moved up one place to #3.

Thanks folks, it’s appreciated.

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Holy Holy Live album and Japanese shows info

on April 23, 2015

 

“And they were alright, the band was altogether”

 

Tony Visconti and Woody Woodmansey’s Holy Holy with Glenn Gregory and Steve Norman are set to release a live double CD version of the entire The Man Who Sold The World album and a set of other live Bowie favourites.

Special guests on the album include Marc Almond singing After All and Watch That Man - the latter as a duet with Glenn Gregory - Spandau Ballet’s Gary Kemp, drummer Dylan Howe and style icon Daphne Guinness.

The album was recorded live at the O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire in September 2014 and was produced and mixed by Tony Visconti

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