Velvet Goldmine (song)

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For the film, see Velvet Goldmine.
"Velvet Goldmine"
7" single B-side to
"Space Oddity" (1975 reissue) by David Bowie
Released September 26, 1975
Recorded Trident Studios, London
Genre Glam rock
Length 3:14
Label RCA
Writer David Bowie
Producer David Bowie, Ken Scott

"Velvet Goldmine" is a song written by David Bowie and recorded during the The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars sessions in 1971. However, it did not make it to the album and was eventually released as the B-side to the UK rerelease of "Space Oddity" in 1975. Bowie originally wrote the song as a description of him making out with another man[citation needed]. Social pressures, combined with an only-half-hearted interest in the material, resulted in Bowie rewriting the song to be slightly more ambiguous. The song title inspired the name of the film Velvet Goldmine. Despite being originally only released as a B-side, this song has become very popular amongst fans and has been released on several "best of" compilations.

Other releases[edit]

  • It was released as picture discs in both the RCA Life Time picture disc set and the Fashion Picture Disc Set.
  • In 1990 it was released as a bonus track on the Rykodisc CD release of Ziggy Stardust. It also appeared on the 30th Anniversary Reissue bonus disc in 2002.
  • The compilations Rare (1983) and The Best of 1969/1974 (1997) both feature "Velvet Goldmine".


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