Hang On to Yourself

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"Hang Onto Yourself"
B-side to "Moonage Daydream" by Arnold Corns
Released 7 May 1971
Recorded 25 February 1971, Radio Luxembourg studios, London
Genre Glam rock, protopunk
Length 2:51
Label B&C Records
"Hang On to Yourself"
Song by David Bowie from the album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars
Released 6 June 1972 (1972-06-06)
Recorded November 1971
Genre Glam rock, glam punk
Length 2:38
Label RCA
Writer David Bowie
Producer David Bowie and Ken Scott
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars track listing
Side one
  1. "Five Years"
  2. "Soul Love"
  3. "Moonage Daydream"
  4. "Starman"
  5. "It Ain't Easy"
Side two
  1. "Lady Stardust"
  2. "Star"
  3. "Hang On to Yourself"
  4. "Ziggy Stardust"
  5. "Suffragette City"
  6. "Rock 'n' Roll Suicide"

"Hang On to Yourself" is a song written by David Bowie in 1971 and released as a single under the name Arnold Corns. A re-recorded version was released on the album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. The main riff is quite representative of glam rock's influence as a bridge between the rock and roll of the past and the punk of the (then) future—it is quite similar in style to Eddie Cochran, and yet carries a distinctive sound which would be used in many punk records and songs, such as "Teenage Lobotomy" by The Ramones.

Arnold Corns version[edit]

The Arnold Corns version of "Hang Onto Yourself"—recorded at the Radio Luxembourg studios in London on 25 February 1971[1]—was first released by B&C as the B-side to the single "Moonage Daydream" in the UK on 7 May 1971.[2] On 11 August 1972, it was released again, this time as an A-side, by B&C.[3]

  1. "Hang Onto Yourself" - 2:55
  2. "The Man in the Middle" - 4:20

Personnel[edit]

The official band line-up, fronted by dress designer Freddi Buretti, was a total fabrication; Buretti was at the session but his contributions were simply lost alongside Bowie's.

This version was released as a bonus track to the Rykodisc/EMI remastering of The Man Who Sold the World album (1990). In 2002 the Arnold Corns version appeared again on the Ziggy Stardust 30th 2CD Anniversary Reissue bonus disc.

Other releases[edit]

  • It was released as the B-side of the single "John, I'm Only Dancing" in September 1972 (1972-09).
  • It was also released as the B-side to the single "Looking for a Friend" in May 1985 (1985-05).
  • The Portuguese version of the single "Starman" from September 1972 (1972-09) also had "Hang on to Yourself" as the B-side.
  • In November 1972 (1972-11) it was released as the B-side of the US release of the single "The Jean Genie".
  • It was released as a picture disc in the RCA Life Time picture disc set.
  • It also appeared on the Japanese compilation The Best of David Bowie (1974).

Live versions[edit]

Cover versions[edit]

  • Of Montreal - Live on their 2009 tour
  • The Pocket FishRMen - Only Bowie tribute album
  • Melvin James - David Bowie Acoustic Tribute
  • Kommunity FK - Tribute to David Bowie
  • Mutant Monster Beach Party - Hero: The Main Man Records Tribute to David Bowie (2007)
  • Techno Cowboy - "The Ziggy Stardust Omnichord Album" (2009)

External links[edit]


References[edit]

  1. ^ Kevin Cann (2010). Any Day Now - David Bowie: The London Years: 1947-1974: pp.206-207
  2. ^ Kevin Cann (2010). Any Day Now - David Bowie: The London Years: 1947-1974: p.216
  3. ^ Kevin Cann (2010). Any Day Now - David Bowie: The London Years: 1947-1974: p.262