David Bowie Songbook - The Album
A collection of Bowie covers from famous groups. Thanks to Eric Slim
for this information, Eric Castaing for the album scan, and
Tony Paknadel for additional correction.
All songs written by David Bowie, except
"Heroes" by Bowie/Eno,
and China Girl by Bowie/Pop.
- "Heroes" by Blondie
- Space Oddity by The Flying Pickets
- The Man Who Sold The World
by Midge Ure
- Kooks by Danny Wilson
- Ziggy Stardust by Bauhaus
- Rock 'N Roll Suicide by Tony Hadley
- John I'm Only Dancing by Polecats
- All The Young Dudes by Mott The Hoople
- Watch That Man by Lulu
- Rebel Rebel by Sigue Sigue Sputnik
- Fame by Duran Duran
- The Secret Life Of Arabia by Billy
- Boys Keep Swinging by
- Ashes To Ashes by Tears For Fears
- China Girl by Iggy Pop
- Silver Treetop School For Boys
- Over The Wall We Go by Oscar
- Release details
- Released by Connoisseur Collection
- Catalogue number: VSOP-CD-236 (England 1997)
- Here are the details on the individual covers:
- Heroes: Blondie
- Originally released on the flipside of Blondie's 1980 #1 UK hit
"Atomic" in 1980, this live version has a guest-appearance from
guitarist Robert Fripp!!
- Space Oddity: The Flying Pickets
- This very clever version from the gobsmackingly brilliant accapela
combo The Flying Pickets can be found on their album "Live At The
Albany Empire" from 1983.
- The Man Who Sold The World: Midge Ure
- The Ultravox-frontman Midge Ure contributed this version to the
soundtrack for the film Party Party in 1982. It was later rereleased
this fabulous version in 1990 on the flipside of the 1985-reissue
single "If I Was".
- Kooks: Danny Wilson
- The late eighties-group Danny Wilson released their version of Kooks
as the b-side of their first UK Top 3 single "Mary's Prayer" in 1988.
- Ziggy Stardust: Bauhaus
- This version was a UK Top 20 single for Bauhaus in 1982, and the
group's biggest ever hit.
- Rock 'N Roll Suicide: Tony Hadley
- The Spandau Ballet vocalist recorded this version in 1992.
- John I'm Only Dancing: Polecats
- Magnificent Top 40 single by the rockabilly group Polecats from
1981, produced by Dave Edmunds
- All The Young Dudes: Mott The Hoople
- The well-known Top 3 hit from Mott The Hoople in 1972, offered by
Bowie to the man and also produced by him.
- Watch That Man: Lulu
- Lulu's hit-version of "The Man Who Sold The World" is not
presented on this discs, but the b-side is; recorded with the Aladdin
Sane session band include Bowie himself on saxophone and backing
- Rebel Rebel: Sigue Sigue Sputnik
- Recorded by the briefly infamous Sigue Sigue Sputnik, the group
launched by ex-Generation X member Tony James. The SSS version was
included on their less than commercially succesful 1990 album "The
- Fame: Duran Duran
- Duran Duran released this version as the b-side of their 1981 hit
single "Careless Memories".
- Secret Life Of Arabia: Billy MacKenzie
- This version was covered in 1981 by BEF (short for British
Electric Foundation, a spin-off of the group Heaven 17, who were
themselves a spin-off of The Human League) on their ambitious "Music
Of Quality & Distinction" album, on which numerous guest stars were
invited to participate vocally; Billy MacKenzie, then of The
Associates, was chosen for "Secret Life Of Arabia"
- Boys Keep Swinging: Susannah Hoffs
- This song is covered by Susannah Hoffs, ex-member of the
well-known Bangles, on her 1991 solo album.
- Ashes To Ashes: Tears For Fears
- This was originally recorded as a contribution to
a c ompilation double cassette avilable through the British music weekly paper
NME, to celebrate its fortieth anniversary. The tape, named
RUBY TRAX, comprised specially recorded covers of former British #1 records
by a whole host of various artists. Subsequently, Tears for Fears
released it as a B-side in 1992.
- China Girl: Iggy Pop
- The legendary (original) version of Iggy Pop, admired by Bowie,
who helped Iggy to record the song for his 1977 album "The Idiot"
- Silver Treetop School For Boys: BeatStalkers
- The Beatstalkers, managed by Ken Pitt at the same moment as Bowie,
recorded 3 Bowie cover-versions; the version of "Silver Treetop" was
released as a single in 1967.
- Over The Wall We Go: Oscar
- Oscar's version of "Over The Wall We Go', released as a single in
1967, was a somewhat tongue-in-cheek anti-establishment item, on which
Bowie himself can be heard as backing vocalist.
This document last updated Thursday, 05-Dec-2002 05:00:55 EST