Andy Warhol (song)

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"Andy Warhol"
Song by David Bowie from the album Hunky Dory
Released 17 December 1971
Recorded Trident Studios, London 1971
Genre Glam rock, art rock, psychedelic folk
Length 3:56
Label RCA Records
Writer David Bowie
Producer Ken Scott, David Bowie
Hunky Dory track listing
"Fill Your Heart"
"Andy Warhol"
"Song for Bob Dylan"

"Andy Warhol" is a song written by David Bowie in 1971 for the album Hunky Dory. This is an acoustic song about one of Bowie's greatest inspirations, the American pop artist Andy Warhol. The song starts with some studio chat where Bowie explains to producer Ken Scott, who has just been heard to mispronounce Warhol's name when introducing the take, the right way to say it. Scott solemnly reintroduces the take with the correct pronunciation. There follows several seconds of silence before Bowie asks if the tape is rolling. Upon realising they are indeed recording, Bowie bursts into laughter and begins playing. The song is memorable for its distinctive, flamenco-sounding opening riff on the acoustic guitar that continues through the song.

Bowie later played the song to Andy Warhol, who reportedly disliked it as he thought the lyrics made fun of his physical appearance. When the song had finished playing, Warhol and Bowie reportedly just stared at each other for a while until Warhol said "I like your shoes" and the pair then had a conversation about shoes.[1]

Originally the song was written for Dana Gillespie in 1971, but her version of the song was not released until 1973 on her album Weren't Born a Man. This version features Mick Ronson on guitar.

23 second sample from David Bowie's "Andy Warhol".

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Other releases[edit]

  • It was released as the B-side of the single "Changes" in January 1972.
  • It also appeared on the Japanese compilation The Best of David Bowie from 1974.

Live versions[edit]

  • A version which was recorded at Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, October 20, 1972 was released on Santa Monica '72.
  • Bowie played this song at BBC's Sounds of the 70s with Bob Harris May 23, 1972. This was broadcast June 19, 1972, and in 2000 released on the Bowie at the Beeb album
  • The song was a 1972 regular performance, but it was not played again until the 1995 Outside Tour with Nine Inch Nails.[2]

Cover versions[edit]


  1. ^ "David Bowie FAQ: Hunky Dory (1971)". Retrieved 2012-01-14. 
  2. ^ "Andy Warhol: David Bowie". Retrieved May 5, 2011. 

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