Andy Warhol (song)
|Song by David Bowie from the album Hunky Dory|
|Released||17 December 1971|
|Recorded||Trident Studios, London 1971|
|Genre||Glam rock, art rock, psychedelic folk|
|Producer||Ken Scott, David Bowie|
|Hunky Dory track listing|
"Andy Warhol" is a song written by David Bowie in 1971 for the album Hunky Dory. It is an acoustic song about one of Bowie's greatest inspirations, the American pop artist Andy Warhol. The song starts with some studio chat where Bowie explains to producer Ken Scott, who has just been heard to mispronounce Warhol's name when introducing the take, the right way to say it. Scott solemnly reintroduces the take with the correct pronunciation. There follows several seconds of silence before Bowie asks if the tape is rolling. Upon realising they are indeed recording, Bowie bursts into laughter and begins playing. The song is memorable for its distinctive, flamenco-sounding opening riff on the acoustic guitar that continues through the song.
23-second sample from David Bowie's "Andy Warhol"
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- It was released as the B-side of the single "Changes" in January 1972.
- It also appeared on the Japanese compilation The Best of David Bowie from 1974.
- An edited version, with the dialogue in the introduction cut, features on the 2005 compilation The Collection.
- A performance recorded at Santa Monica Civic Auditorium on October 20, 1972 has been released on Santa Monica '72 and Live Santa Monica '72.
- Bowie played this song at BBC's Sounds of the 70s with Bob Harris May 23, 1972. This was broadcast June 19, 1972, and in 2000 released on the Bowie at the Beeb album
- The song was a 1972 regular performance, but it was not played again until the 1995 Outside Tour with Nine Inch Nails.
- Stone Temple Pilots covered the song several times in concert. A live version appears as a B-side of their 1994 single "Vasoline".
- John Frusciante of the Red Hot Chili Peppers covered the song during some of his solo shows.
- Generation X covered the song at least once in concert, at the Paris Theatre on January 1, 1981.
- Treepeople recorded a version on their 1991 album "Guilt Regret Embarrassment"
- London based band Serafin included a version as a b-side to their 2003 single "Things Fall Apart".
- Rachel Stevens song Funky Dory (song) samples most of this song and David Bowie has a song writing credit for it.
- "Andy Warhol: David Bowie". Retrieved May 5, 2011.