A New Career in a New Town

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"A New Career in a New Town"
Song by David Bowie from the album Low
Released 14 January 1977
Recorded September 1976
Genre Art rock, electronic
Length 2:53
Label RCA
Writer David Bowie
Producer David Bowie and Tony Visconti
Low track listing
"Be My Wife"
(6)
"A New Career in a New Town"
(7)
"Warszawa"
(8)

"A New Career in a New Town" is an instrumental piece by David Bowie, recorded for his 1977 album Low.

The piece, which has no lyrics, is still autobiographical, like many of Bowie's other pieces on this album. The title, "A New Career in a New Town," reflects Bowie's move from the USA to Europe. Despite a distant tone, the upbeat nature of the piece presents a sort of optimism in having a chance to start over.

This song serves as the part of the "binding" for the A-side of Low, which starts with a similarly upbeat instrumental, "Speed of Life". The song relies heavily on Brian Eno's synthesizer collection and techniques. At the far front of the piece is Bowie's harmonica solo, which echoes over the rest of the song and provides a contrast between its acoustic purity and the heavily electrified band. In fact, considering the use of the Harmonizer on Dennis Davis' drum set and the heavy amplification of the other acoustic instruments, the harmonica is the most undoctored instrument on the recording.

Live versions[edit]

No official released live versions of this recording exist, although it was often used in the Reality Tour in 2003 as a live piece.

Other releases[edit]

  • It was released as the B-side of the single "Sound and Vision" in February 1977.
  • It was released as picture discs in the RCA Life Time picture disc set and Fashions Picture Disc Set
  • It was included on Back to Mine Volume 24 – Mercury Rev (2006)

Cover versions[edit]