DJ (song)

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"DJ"
Single by David Bowie
from the album Lodger
B-side "Repetition"
Released 29 June 1979
Format 7" single
Recorded Mountain Studios, Montreux; September 1978; Record Plant Studios, New York, March 1979
Genre Rock
Length 3:59 (Album Version)
3:20 (Single Version)
Label RCA
BOW 3
Writer(s) David Bowie, Brian Eno, Carlos Alomar
Producer(s) David Bowie, Tony Visconti
David Bowie singles chronology
"Boys Keep Swinging"
(1979)
"DJ"
(1979)
"Yassassin"
(1979)
Lodger track listing
"Red Sails"
(5)
"DJ"
(6)
"Look Back in Anger"
(7)

"DJ" is a song by David Bowie, released on the 1979 album Lodger, and then as a single on 29 June 1979.

A cynical comment on the cult of the DJ, the track is noted for Adrian Belew's guitar solo, which was recorded in multiple takes, and then mixed back together for the album track. The single was an edited version, but was still possibly too uncommercial for substantial chart success – it peaked at No. 29 in the UK, and was not released in other markets. The single was issued on green vinyl in the UK and is now a very desirable collector's item.

The song was performed live for the first time on Bowie's Outside Tour in 1995.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "DJ" (Bowie, Eno, Alomar) – 3:59
  2. "Repetition" (Bowie) – 2:59

Production credits[edit]

Music video[edit]

David Mallet filmed a music video for the song, featuring Bowie destroying a DJ studio, mixed with Bowie strolling around London and attracting a crowd of curious passers-by.

Other releases[edit]

Cover versions[edit]

  • Danny Michel - Loving the Alien: Danny Michel Sings the Songs of David Bowie (2004)

References[edit]

  • Pegg, Nicholas, The Complete David Bowie, Reynolds & Hearn Ltd, 2000, ISBN 1-903111-14-5