Song Bowie wrote for someone else
April 3, 2010 6:28 PM   Subscribe

Help me find a song David Bowie wrote for someone else that sounds just like Bowie (not "All the Young Dudes")

My roommate has this song but he's out of the country and I need to hear it now! Did my due diligence googling but all that comes up is Mott the Hoople. Not it. Same kind of deal though, you can tell within the first 10 seconds that it's a Bowie tune. Glam rock style.

I think someone here can ID it in the next 15 minutes, prove me right!
posted by nathancaswell to Media & Arts (14 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
 
Under Pressure?
posted by dfriedman at 6:31 PM on April 3, 2010


Not Under Pressure.
posted by nathancaswell at 6:31 PM on April 3, 2010


Well, according to Wikipedia, Bowie wrote it and recorded it with Queen, so it's perhaps not the song: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Under_Pressure
posted by dfriedman at 6:32 PM on April 3, 2010


Ah...
posted by dfriedman at 6:32 PM on April 3, 2010


Walk on the Wild Side?
Raw Power?
Lust for Life?

Thing is, Bowie 'worked' on a lot of pop songs he wasn't known for performing, so what do you mean by 'a song David Bowie wrote'? The lyrics? If he produced it?

Here's his credits at AMG.
posted by carsonb at 6:38 PM on April 3, 2010 [1 favorite]


Could it be an Iggy Pop song off of The Idiot?
posted by milarepa at 6:39 PM on April 3, 2010


China Girl?
posted by carsonb at 6:40 PM on April 3, 2010


GMTA, milarepa
posted by carsonb at 6:41 PM on April 3, 2010


It's not an Iggy Pop song.

All I know is that my roommate played it and said "Bowie wrote this song" and within 10 seconds I was like "yeah, he clearly did". I'm guessing he probably produced it too since it sounds exactly like him. Male singer, full band, vocal styles like Bowie, lyrics sounded like Bowie. Very much like "All the Young Dudes" is easily identifiable as a "Bowie song".

I found this list of all the songs Bowie wrote but it's taking forever to search for them one at a time in itunes.
posted by nathancaswell at 6:41 PM on April 3, 2010


It sounds like it might be something from Mick Ronson's solo album "Slaughter on 10th Avenue". Same era as Mott The Hoople.
posted by Catch at 6:43 PM on April 3, 2010


Here you go - is it "Growing Up And I'm Fine"?

Youtube
posted by Catch at 6:46 PM on April 3, 2010


Dancing in the Street, with Mick Jagger?
posted by carsonb at 6:46 PM on April 3, 2010


Found it! I was wrong, it was Iggy Pop. "Tonight" off Lust for Life. Dude that sounds nothing like Iggy Pop.
posted by nathancaswell at 6:47 PM on April 3, 2010 [1 favorite]


Here's a link for you to enjoy. Those drums give it away instantly. And when the vocals come in. Thanks all.
posted by nathancaswell at 6:48 PM on April 3, 2010


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