Bombers (David Bowie song)

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"Bombers (Bonus track)"
Song by David Bowie
from the album Hunky Dory (Rykodisc edition)
Released 30 January 1990
Recorded 9 July 1971
Genre Pop rock, Glam rock
Length 4:12
Label RCA Records
Songwriter(s) David Bowie
Producer(s) Ken Scott, David Bowie
Hunky Dory (Rykodisc edition) track listing
"The Bewlay Brothers"
"Bombers (Bonus track)"
"The Supermen (Alternate version)"

"Bombers" is a song written by David Bowie. It was recorded in July 1971[1] and intended for the album Hunky Dory, but was replaced at the last minute by the cover "Fill Your Heart".[2]

It was released as a promo single by RCA in the US in November 1971, backed by a remix of "Eight Line Poem" that can only be found on this single (both tracks also were issued on an extremely limited edition promotional LP by RCA/Gem). A bootleg version backing "London Bye Ta-Ta" was also released in the early 1970s.[3] The track was eventually given wide release as a bonus track on the Rykodisc reissue of Hunky Dory in 1990.

The song was officially released for the second time in 2017 on a newly mixed re-issue of the promotional RCA/Gem LP (commonly entitled "Bowpromo") as an exclusive release for Record Store Day.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Bombers" (Bowie)
  2. "Eight Line Poem" (Bowie)

Production credits[edit]

Live versions[edit]

  • Bowie played "Bombers" on the BBC show In Concert: John Peel on 3 June 1971. This was broadcast on 20 June 1971 and released in 2000 on the album Bowie at the Beeb.
  • Bowie played the song during his set at the Glastonbury Fayre, Worthy Farm, Pilton, UK, in the early hours of 20 June 1971.


  1. ^ Kevin Cann (2010). Any Day Now - David Bowie: The London Years: 1947-1974: p.223
  2. ^ Nicholas Pegg (2000). The Complete David Bowie: p.77
  3. ^ Roy Carr & Charles Shaar Murray (1981). Bowie: An Illustrated Record: p.116

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