David Bowie - D.J. 40th Anniversary Vinyl 7"
David Bowie D.J. 40th Anniversary Vinyl 7"
The 40th anniversary of David Bowie's "D.J." single is commemorated with this newest release in Parlophone's vinyl picture disc single series. Originally released on June 29, 1979, "D.J." was the second and final single from Lodger in the UK and the follow up to "Boys Keep Swinging." The Netherlands and Turkey would get "Yassassin" and the U.S. "Look Back In Anger." "D.J" was originally issued on green vinyl in the UK and remains a desirable collectors' item forty years later. The most recent copy to sell (January 2019), went for $190.
Echoing the method utilized for Robert Fripp's improvisational guitar work on "Heroes," Bowie, Eno and Visconti assembled the guitar solo for "D.J." from various ‘deaf takes' by Adrian Belew, wherein he played against backing tracks he hadn't heard previously and was further disoriented by being given no clue of chord structure or key before he soloed. The same method was used for "Boys Keep Swinging" and "Red Sails," giving all three ‘solos' their improvised feel.
The A side of this "D.J." picture disc features a previously unreleased single edit of the track from the Lodger (2017 Tony Visconti Mix) included in the A New Career In A New Town box set. The previously unreleased version of "Boys Keep Swinging" recorded especially for The Kenny Everett Video Show features on the AA side. This take was recorded by Visconti in Soho in London on April 9, 1979 and features Sean Mayes on keyboards, Visconti on bass, Simon House on violin, Andy Duncan on drums, Brian Robertson (of Thin Lizzy) on guitar and Ricky Hitchcock on guitar. The Kenny Everett Video Show was filmed on the following day and broadcast on April 23, 1979.
The images used on each side of the picture disc are stills taken from the respective video performances.
David Bowie D.J. 40th Anniversary Track Listing:
1. D.J. (2017 Tony Visconti mix - single edit)
2. Boys Keep Swinging (Kenny Everett Video Show Version)
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