DJ (David Bowie song)

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Bowie DJ.jpg
Single by David Bowie
from the album Lodger
B-side "Repetition"
Released 29 June 1979
Format 7" single
Recorded Mountain Studios, Montreux; September 1978; Record Plant Studios, New York City, March 1979
Genre New wave, funk rock
Length 3:59 (Album Version)
3:20 (Single Version)
Label RCA Records
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Music video
"D.J." on YouTube

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

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.[1]

Track listing[edit]

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

Production credits[edit]

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". 2016-07-22. Retrieved 2017-09-29. 
  • Pegg, Nicholas, The Complete David Bowie, Reynolds & Hearn Ltd, 2000, ISBN 1-903111-14-5

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