Crystal Japan

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"Crystal Japan"
Crystal japan cover.jpg
Single by David Bowie
B-side"Alabama Song"
Released1980
Format7" single
Recorded1980
GenreAmbient
Length3:08
LabelRCA Records
553270 (Japan)
Songwriter(s)David Bowie
Producer(s)
David Bowie singles chronology
"Alabama Song"
(1980)
"Crystal Japan"
(1980)
"Ashes to Ashes"
(1980)

"Crystal Japan" is an instrumental piece written by David Bowie and released as a single in Japan in 1980. It was recorded during the Scary Monsters sessions that year.[1][2] The instrumental was used in a Japanese commercial for the shochu Crystal Jun Rock, which also featured an appearance by Bowie, although he said at the time that the track was not specifically written for this purpose.[3] Originally titled "Fuji Moto San",[4] it was apparently intended to close the Scary Monsters album until replaced by "It's No Game (No. 2)".[1][2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Crystal Japan" (David Bowie) – 3:08
  2. "Alabama Song" (Bertolt Brecht, Kurt Weill) – 3:51

Other releases[edit]

Cover versions[edit]

  • AnonymousTop 10 Party Dance Cassette
  • The Drop Outs – Ashes to Ashes: A Tribute to David Bowie (1998)

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Chris O'Leary (2019). Ashes to Ashes: The Songs of David Bowie, 1976-2016: p. 163
  2. ^ a b Nicholas Pegg (2016). The Complete David Bowie: p. 67
  3. ^ Roy Carr & Charles Shaar Murray (1981). Bowie: An Illustrated Record: p.108
  4. ^ David Buckley (1999). Strange Fascination – David Bowie: The Definitive Story: p.366
  5. ^ "A NEW CAREER IN A NEW TOWN (1977 – 1982) - David Bowie Latest News". DavidBowie.com. 22 July 2016. Retrieved 29 September 2017.

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