Diamond Dogs (song)

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"Diamond Dogs"
Single by David Bowie
from the album Diamond Dogs
B-side "Holy Holy"
Released 14 June 1974
Format 7" single
Recorded Ludolph Studios, Nederhorst den Berg January-February 1974
Genre Garage rock, blues rock, glam rock
Length 5:56
Label RCA Records
APBO 0293
Writer(s) David Bowie
Producer(s) David Bowie
David Bowie singles chronology
"Rock 'n' Roll Suicide"
(1974)
"Diamond Dogs"
(1974)
"Knock on Wood"
(1974)
Diamond Dogs track listing
"Future Legend"
(1)
"Diamond Dogs"
(2)
"Sweet Thing"
(3)

"Diamond Dogs" is a 1974 single by David Bowie, and the title track of the album of the same name.

The lyric introduces the listener to Bowie’s latest persona and his environment; Halloween Jack dwells on top of tenement buildings in a post-apocalyptic Manhattan. The guitar sound is heavily influenced by The Rolling Stones, and signalled Bowie moving away from glam rock and closer to a proto-punk Stooges-influenced sound.[1]

The track was considered by many commentators to be an unconventional single, and only reached UK No. 21. According to NME critics Roy Carr and Charles Shaar Murray, "As a potential hit single, the title track from Diamond Dogs was something of a non-event. Too long, too bleak in vision, too tough to dance to... you know the drill."[2]

While it failed to make the US charts, the song became a central part of Bowie’s North American tour in 1974.

The B-side was a version of Bowie’s 1971 single "Holy Holy", re-recorded during the Ziggy Stardust sessions the same year.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Diamond Dogs" (Bowie) – 5:56 (Only in Australia, a 2'58" edit was used (RCA 102462) instead of the full length album version[3])
  2. "Holy Holy" (Bowie) – 2:20

Production credits[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (1974) Peak
position
UK Singles Chart 21
Irish Singles Chart 27

Live versions[edit]

  • A live version from the 1974 tour was released on David Live. This version was also issued on the Dutch release Rock Concert. Another live recording from the 1974 tour was released on the semi-legal album A Portrait in Flesh.
  • A live performance recorded on 23 March 1976 was released on Live Nassau Coliseum '76, part of the 2010 reissues of Station to Station.

Other releases[edit]

Cover versions[edit]

  • Beck recorded a cover version of "Diamond Dogs", produced by Timbaland, for the film Moulin Rouge! in 2001. The dancers in the film were also called the Diamond Dogs, as were the dancers on Bowie's 1974 tour.
  • Blind Willie's Johnson - Only Bowie (1995)
  • Dramarama - Live recording (1992)
  • Duran Duran - Thank You (Japanese version 1995)
  • Rancid Vat - "Bowiecide" single
  • Graveyard School - Hero: The Main Man Records Tribute to David Bowie (2007)
  • Gilby Clarke - Swag

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Nicholas Pegg (2000). The Complete David Bowie: p.63
  2. ^ Roy Carr & Charles Shaar Murray (1981). Bowie: An Illustrated Record: p.64
  3. ^ David Bowie -- http://www.illustrated-db-discography.nl/ entry for Diamond Dogs

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