Hallo Spaceboy

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"Hallo Spaceboy"
Single by David Bowie featuring Pet Shop Boys
from the album Outside
B-side "Under Pressure (live)"
Released January 20th 1996
Format 7"/12"/CD single
Recorded Mountain Studios, Montreux, March 1994
Genre Industrial rock (album version)
Alternative dance (single version)
Length 5:14
Label BMG/Arista Records
74321 35382 2
Producer(s) David Bowie, Brian Eno, David Richards
David Bowie singles chronology
"Strangers When We Meet"
(1995)
"Hallo Spaceboy"
(1996)
"Telling Lies"
(1996)

"Hallo Spaceboy" is a song by David Bowie from his 1995 album Outside, and was issued as a single in 1996. Bowie and Brian Eno co-wrote the song.

Song development[edit]

Bowie wrote the song in mostly-improvised sessions with his band in 1995, and intentionally wrote it with a Nine Inch Nails-like vibe.[1] Bowie went on to say:

I adore that track. In my mind, it was like Jim Morrison meets industrial. When I heard it back, I thought, "Fuck me. It's like metal Doors." It's an extraordinary sound.[1]

Remixes[edit]

The commercial (i.e. non-promo) version of the single featured a remix by Pet Shop Boys as the lead track, not the original album version. In contrast to the original, the single remix was far more disco-oriented and featured additional lyrics sung by Neil Tennant. The introduction was sampled from the opener to Outside, "Leon Take Us Outside". Bowie initially expressed reservation about the additions, which referenced and "cut-up" the lyrics to Space Oddity, but later agreed that they worked well so long as Tennant sung them.[2]

The 12" remix, which was only released on promo 12", eventually surfaced on Pet Shop Boys' remix collection Disco 4, which was released by EMI in October 2007 (2007-10). In 2004, it was already released on the bonus disc of the re-released Bowie album.

Bowie and Pet Shop Boys performed a live version of the remixed song at the Brit Awards in February 1996.[3]

Track listing[edit]

CD: BMG-Arista / 74321 35383 2 Europe[edit]

  1. "Hallo Spaceboy (Pet Shop Boys remix)" – 4:25
  2. "Under Pressure (live)" (Mercury/Deacon/Taylor/May/Bowie) – 4:07
  • released in a card sleeve

CD: RCA-BMG 74321 35384 2 United Kingdom[edit]

  1. "Hallo Spaceboy" (Pet Shop Boys remix) – 4:25
  2. "Under Pressure" (live) (Mercury/Deacon/Taylor/May/Bowie) – 4:07
  3. "Moonage Daydream" (live) (Bowie) – 5:25
  4. "The Hearts Filthy Lesson" (Radio Edit) (Bowie/Eno/Gabrels/Kizilcay/Campbell) – 4:56

CD: BMG-Arista / 74321 35382 2 Europe[edit]

  1. "Hallo Spaceboy" (Pet Shop Boys remix) – 4:25
  2. "Under Pressure" (live) (Mercury/Deacon/Taylor/May/Bowie) – 4:07
  3. "Moonage Daydream" (live) (Bowie) – 5:25
  4. "The Hearts Filthy Lesson" (Bowie Mix) (Bowie/Eno/Gabrels/Kizilcay/Campbell) – 4:56

CD: BMG-Arista / BVCA-8820 Japan[edit]

  1. "Hallo Spaceboy" (Pet Shop Boys remix) – 4:25
  2. "Under Pressure" (live) (Mercury/Deacon/Taylor/May/Bowie) – 4:07
  3. "Moonage Daydream" (live) (Bowie) – 5:25
  4. "The Hearts Filthy Lesson" (Rubber Mix) (Bowie/Eno/Gabrels/Kizilcay/Campbell) – 4:56

UK 7" version[edit]

  1. "Hallo Spaceboy (Pet Shop Boys remix)" – 4:25
  2. "The Hearts Filthy Lesson (Radio edit)" (Bowie/Eno/Gabrels/Kizilcay/Campbell) – 3:33

12": BMG-Arista / SPACE 2 Europe[edit]

  1. "Hallo Spaceboy" (12" remix) – 6:34

12": BMG / SPACE 3 United Kingdom[edit]

  1. "Hallo Spaceboy" (Double Click mix) – 7:47
  2. "Hallo Spaceboy" (Instrumental) – 7:41
  3. "Hallo Spaceboy" (Lost in Space mix) – 6:29

12": Virgin / SPRO-11513 United States[edit]

  1. "Hallo Spaceboy" (12" remix) – 6:45
  2. "Hallo Spaceboy" (Pet Shop Boys remix) – 4:25
  3. "Hallo Spaceboy" (Double Click mix) – 7:47
  4. "Hallo Spaceboy" (Lost in Space mix) – 6:29
  • US promo

Production credits[edit]

Live versions[edit]

  • Bowie performed the song with Pet Shop Boys at the 1996 Brit Awards.[4]
  • In the autumn 1995, Bowie performed this song together with Nine Inch Nails.
  • A version recorded in 1996 at the Phoenix Festival in England was released on the various artist compilation Phoenix Festival in 1997 and on the live album LiveAndWell.com in 2000.
  • At Bowie's 50th Birthday Bash in New York January 1997, the song was performed together with Foo Fighters. This version featured Zachary Alford, William Goldsmith and Dave Grohl on three different drum sets and Nate Mendel and Gail Ann Dorsey on two bass guitars.
  • Bowie performed the song live at BBC Radio Theatre, London, on 27 June 2000, and a recording of this performance was included on the bonus disc accompanying the first releases of Bowie at the Beeb in 2000.
  • A November 2003 live performance from the A Reality Tour is included on the A Reality Tour DVD, released in 2004, as well as the A Reality Tour album, released in 2010.

Other releases[edit]

  • The Pet Shop Boys remix was released as an additional track on Outside – version 2 and is included on some editions of the 2002 compilation Best of Bowie.
  • Several of the remixes (mostly from the 12" promo singles) was released on the 2004 limited 2CD edition of Outside.
  • The extended Pet Shop Boys remix of Hallo Spaceboy is included on the Pet Shop Boys album Disco 4, released on 8 October 2007.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart Peak position
Australia Singles Chart 36[5]
Austria Singles Chart 37[5]
Belgium Singles Chart 48[5]
Finland Singles Chart 8[5]
France Singles Chart 30[5]
Holland Singles Chart 33[5]
Sweden Singles Chart 12[5]
UK Singles Chart 12[6]

Cover versions[edit]

  • Pet Shop Boys performed the song live with Sylvia Mason-James singing the Bowie part. This was released on the video Somewhere – Live at the Savoy (1997).
  • Behemoth recorded the song during their Thelema.6 recording session. This was released on the Antichristian Phenomenon EP in 2001
  • Indie band First of June recorded their version of the song for the tribute album Spiders from Venus: Indie Women Artists and Female-Fronted Bands Cover David Bowie in 2003.
  • Norwegian power/progressive metal band Pagan's Mind covered the song on their 2007 album God's Equation.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Paul, George A. (1995), "Bowie Outside Looking In", Axcess magazine 3 (5): 60–62 
  2. ^ Spaceboy Information
  3. ^ "The Score 1996 (February)", Q magazine, February 1997: 32 
  4. ^ McKie, John (20 February 1996). "Bowie and Blair band together". London: The Independent. Retrieved 6 August 2011. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g Australian Charts: David Bowie: Hallo Spaceboy (Single), retrieved 23 October 2013 
  6. ^ DAVID BOWIE | Artist | Official Charts, retrieved 11 August 2014 

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