DJ (David Bowie song)

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Bowie DJ.jpg
Single by David Bowie
from the album Lodger
Released29 June 1979
RecordedMountain, Montreux, September 1978; Record Plant, New York City, March 1979
GenreNew wave, funk rock
Length3:59 (Album Version)
3:20 (Single Version)
David Bowie singles chronology
"Boys Keep Swinging"
Music video
"D.J." on YouTube

"DJ" is a song by English musician David Bowie, released on his 1979 album Lodger, and then as a single on 29 June 1979.

A cynical comment on the cult of the DJ, the track includes an 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, an edited version, peaked at No. 29 in the UK and No. 106 on the Billboard Bubbling Under the Hot 100 chart in the US.[1]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "DJ" (Bowie, Eno, Alomar) – 3:20
  2. "Repetition" (Bowie) – 2:59

Benny Benassi Remix[edit]

  1. "DJ (David Bowie vs. Benny Benassi)" – 2:35
  2. "DJ (David Bowie vs. Benny Benassi)" (extended) – 6:19


Music video[edit]

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.

Other releases[edit]

Cover versions[edit]


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2015). The Comparison Book. Menonomee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. p. 57. ISBN 978-0-89820-213-7.
  2. ^ "A NEW CAREER IN A NEW TOWN (1977 – 1982) - David Bowie Latest News". 22 July 2016. Archived from the original on 8 January 2010. Retrieved 29 September 2017.


  • Pegg, Nicholas, The Complete David Bowie, Reynolds & Hearn Ltd, 2000, ISBN 1-903111-14-5

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