“Any day now...the year of the Diamond Dogs...”
The April edition of popular music monthly, UNCUT, has a cover feature celebrating the 40th anniversary of David Bowie’s classic Diamond Dogs album.
Diamond Dogs was originally released in May 1974, preceded by the Rebel Rebel single in February and the Rebel Rebel US remix in May.*
We've not actually seen a copy of the magazine yet, but there may be a clue to the content in the front cover quotation: “We misbehaved very badly...”
Here’s a bit from Editor Alan Jones regarding the feature.
“On ‘Sweet Thing’, he asked me to imagine myself as a young, French drummer who was witnessing his first execution,” recalls veteran drummer Tony Newman, recalling the sessions for David Bowie’s 1974 album Diamond Dogs in John Robinson’s cover story for this month’s Uncut, which goes on sale this Friday, February 28.
Set in a largely ruined future and partly inspired by George Orwell’s dystopian classic 1984, Diamond Dogs was Bowie’s first album of original material following the melodramatic break-up of The Spiders From Mars and the ‘retirement’ of Ziggy Stardust in 1973 and 40 years on the thrill of Bowie moving on from glam into less charted musical territories is vividly evoked by some of his closest associates from a period of exciting transition, a drift away from rock towards what he would later call the ‘plastic soul’ of Young Americans.
* Don't forget the Rebel Rebel 40th anniversary picture disc which contains both the aforementioned UK and US single mixes is due on March 10th. ()