The Pretty Things Are Going to Hell

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"The Pretty Things Are Going to Hell"
Single by David Bowie
from the album Hours...
Released 20 September 1999 (1999-09-20) in Australia and Japan.
Format CD single
Recorded Seaview, Bermuda
Genre Rock
Length 4:40
Label Virgin
896 293 2
Producer(s) David Bowie, Reeves Gabrels
David Bowie singles chronology
"Thursday's Child"
(1999)
"The Pretty Things Are Going to Hell"
(1999)
"Under Pressure (Rah Mix)"
(1999)

"The Pretty Things Are Going to Hell" is a song written by David Bowie and Reeves Gabrels for the album Hours... in 1999. The first single release from the album in Australia and Japan, while the rest of the world got "Thursday's Child" as their first single. The first appearance of the song was on the soundtrack of the film Stigmata in 1999. It charted and peaked at No. 30 in Japan. The song's title takes influence from the song "Your Pretty Face Is Going to Hell" by The Stooges from their album Raw Power produced by Bowie himself.

The music video for "The Pretty Things Are Going to Hell" exists, but is unreleased. It was based around Bowie encountering four of his "past selves" (The Man Who Sold the World, Ziggy Stardust, The Thin White Duke, and Pierrot) as played by life-sized, mannequin-like puppets.[citation needed] In 2013, Bowie resurrected the two latter puppets in his homemade video for Steve Murphy's remix of "Love is Lost" from the album The Next Day.[1]

Track listing[edit]

CD: Virgin / 7243 8 96293 2 3 (Australia)[edit]

  1. "The Pretty Things Are Going to Hell" - 4:40
  2. "The Pretty Things Are Going to Hell (edit)" - 3:59
  3. "We Shall Go to Town" - 3:56
  4. "1917" - 3:27

CD: Virgin / DPRO-14338 (US)[edit]

  1. "The Pretty Things Are Going to Hell (edit)" - 3:59
  2. "The Pretty Things Are Going to Hell (Call out hook #1)" - 0:11
  3. "The Pretty Things Are Going to Hell (Call out hook #1)" - 0:11
  4. "Thursday's Child (Radio edit)" - 4:25
  5. "Thursday's Child (Call out hook #1)" - 0:12
  6. "Thursday's Child (Call out hook #2)" - 0:12

Production credits[edit]

Producers
  • David Bowie
  • Reeves Gabrels
Musicians

Live versions[edit]

Other releases[edit]

  • It was released in a slightly different mix on the soundtrack of the film Stigmata in 1999. This version was also released on the single "Survive".
  • The edited version, "Stigmata film version" and "Stigmata film only version" was released on the bonus disc that followed the 2004 reissue of 'hours...' .
  • In April 2000, a remixable version of the song was released to the Web as a Beatnik eMix. [1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dOy7vPwEtCw.