Wild Eyed Boy from Freecloud

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"Wild Eyed Boy from Freecloud"
B-side of "Space Oddity" single by David Bowie from the album David Bowie (aka "Space Oddity")
Released 11 July 1969 (single)
Genre Progressive rock, psychedelic folk
Length 4:42 (single version)
4:52 (album version)
Label Philips
Writer David Bowie
Producer Gus Dudgeon
Cover versions
Cristina Donà
David Bowie (aka "Space Oddity") track listing

Side 1

  1. "Space Oddity"
  2. "Unwashed and Somewhat Slightly Dazed"
  3. "Don't Sit Down"
  4. "Letter to Hermione"
  5. "Cygnet Committee"

Side 2

  1. "Janine"
  2. "An Occasional Dream"
  3. "Wild Eyed Boy from Freecloud"
  4. "God Knows I'm Good"
  5. "Memory of a Free Festival"

"Wild Eyed Boy from Freecloud" is a song written by David Bowie, first recorded in June 1969[1] and released as B-side to his single "Space Oddity". It was later included in his second eponymous album (released in the U.S. as Man of Words, Man of Music by Mercury and reissued by RCA in 1972 as Space Oddity). The album version, recorded in July/August 1969, features a full orchestral arrangement by Tony Visconti and is also notable for the debut on a Bowie record of Mick Ronson, who contributed uncredited lead guitar and handclaps midway through the track.[2]

Bowie himself said of the song: "It was about the disassociated, the ones who feel as though they're left outside, which was how I felt about me. I always felt I was on the edge of events, the fringe of things, and left out. A lot of my characters in those early years seem to revolve around that feeling. It must have come from my own interior puzzlement at where I was".[3]

Other releases[edit]

  • Bowie played this song on Sound of the 70s with Andy Ferris on 25 March 1970. This recording, broadcast on the BBC in April 1970, was released in 2000 on Bowie at the Beeb.
  • The track appeared on the Japanese compilation The Best of David Bowie in 1974.

Cover versions[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Kevin Cann (2010). Any Day Now - David Bowie: The London Years: 1947-1974: p.154
  2. ^ David Buckley (1999). Strange Fascination - David Bowie: The Definitive Story: p.79
  3. ^ Chris Welch (1999). We Could be Heroes
  4. ^ Roy Carr & Charles Shaar Murray (1981). Bowie: An Illustrated Record: p.27

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