Bombers (David Bowie song)

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Song by David Bowie
from the album Hunky Dory (Rykodisc edition)
Released30 January 1990
Recorded9 July 1971
GenrePop rock, glam rock
LabelRCA Records
Songwriter(s)David Bowie
Producer(s)Ken Scott, David Bowie

"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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