DJ (David Bowie song)
|Single by David Bowie|
|from the album Lodger|
|Released||29 June 1979|
|Recorded||Mountain Studios, Montreux; September 1978; Record Plant Studios, New York City, March 1979|
|Genre||New wave, funk rock|
3:59 (Album Version) |
3:20 (Single Version)
|David Bowie singles chronology|
A cynical comment on the cult of the DJ, the track is noted for Adrian Belew's guitar solo, which was recorded in multiple takes, and then mixed back together for the album track. In a biography of Talking Heads, it is said this song was an attempt by Bowie to sing like David Byrne, who was befriending Brian Eno at the time. The single was an edited version, but was still possibly too uncommercial for substantial chart success – it peaked at No. 29 in the UK and No. 106 on the Billboard Bubbling Under the Hot 100 chart in the US.
- "DJ" (Bowie, Eno, Alomar) – 3:20
- "Repetition" (Bowie) – 2:59
David Mallet filmed a music video for the song, featuring Bowie destroying a DJ studio, mixed with Bowie strolling around London and attracting a crowd of curious passers-by.
- It appeared on the following compilations:
- It was released as a picture disc in the RCA Life Time picture disc set.
- The single edit of the song was included on Re:Call 3, part of the A New Career in a New Town (1977–1982) compilation (2017).
- Danny Michel - Loving the Alien: Danny Michel Sings the Songs of David Bowie (2004)
- Momus - Turpsycore (2015)
- Whitburn, Joel (2015). The Comparison Book. Menonomee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. p. 57. ISBN 978-0-89820-213-7.
- "A NEW CAREER IN A NEW TOWN (1977 – 1982) - David Bowie Latest News". DavidBowie.com. 2016-07-22. Retrieved 2017-09-29.