"Sweet Head" is a song written by David Bowie which was recorded live at Trident Studios in November 1971. It took 18 years before it was eventually released and it first appeared on the Rykodisc CD release of Ziggy Stardust in 1990. Its release came as a complete surprise to even the most die-hard Bowie fans and collectors who were totally unaware of the track prior to its issue. Even co-producer Ken Scott had forgotten about its existence and admitted his utter surprise upon its release.
It then appeared on the 30th Anniversary Reissue bonus disc of Ziggy Stardust in 2002 and again in 2012 for the 40th Anniversary (this time with a 40 second studio discussion between Bowie and the band). Though originally written for The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders of Mars (the lyrics refer to "brother Ziggy"), it was most likely considered too provocative to be released on the original album. The song's lyrics contain strong innuendo, racist name-calling and directly references oral sex.
Similar in tempo to the other discarded song recorded in the same session(Chuck Berry's Round and Round), Sweet Head is a powerful rocker with heavy lead guitar riffs supplied by Mick Ronson - Bowie plays his customary twelve string acoustic guitar. There are 5 takes of the song which were all recorded live in the studio - the issued song being Take 4.
- "Sweet Head Background information". time.com. Retrieved 2009-12-11.