The Next Day

Today, January 8, 2013, David Bowie turns 66, and it seems in celebration of this he has quietly released his first single in a decade—the synth-lush and understated “Where Are We Now?” You can watch the single’s accompanying video, directed by Tony Oursler, below:

It seems that the rumor I reported here back in May of 2012 has now been substantiated, as this new song precedes the release of Bowie’s first album since 2003’s Reality. Titled The Next Day, and scheduled to be released this March, the album was produced by longtime collaborator Tony Visconti and recorded here in NYC. The tracklist has been reported on Bowie’s official website as:

01. “The Next Day”

02. “Dirty Boys”

03. “The Stars (Are Out Tonight)”

04. “Love Is Lost”

05. “Where Are We Now?”

06. “Valentine’s Day”

07. “If You Can See Me”

08. “I’d Rather Be High”

09. “Boss Of Me”

10. “Dancing Out In Space”

11. “How Does The Grass Grow”

12. “(You Will) Set The World On Fire”

13. “You Feel So Lonely You Could Die”

14. “Heat”

Bonus tracks:

15. “So She”

16. “I’ll Take You There”

17. “Plan”

In celebration of this news I present to you a bit of a Bowie rarity, the disco revision of his 1972 hit single, “John, I’m Only Dancing.” In August and November of 1974, while working on his Young Americans LP, Bowie decided to re-contextualize the song from swinging London into the “hedonistic nights in venues like the drag queen capital of the East Village, Club 82″ (Doggett, 2012). Here is the abbreviated 7” version, as I’ve never been able to get my mitts on the 12”, which has a full runtime of 6:57.

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Well, I’m off to work–Happy Birthday Bowie and thanks for another one!

———————————————————————BOBBY CALERO—————————


Bowie, D. (1974). John, I’m Only Dancing (Again). [Recorded by David Bowie] On John, I’m Only Dancing (Again) Vinyl 12″ Single. RCA (1979).

Doggett, Peter. (2012). The Man Who Sold The World. New York: HarperCollins.

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