Diamond Dogs (song)

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"Diamond Dogs"
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Single by David Bowie
from the album Diamond Dogs
B-side"Holy Holy"
Released14 June 1974
Format7" single
RecordedOlympic Studios, London, January–February 1974
LabelRCA Records
Songwriter(s)David Bowie
Producer(s)David Bowie
David Bowie singles chronology
"Rock 'n' Roll Suicide"
"Diamond Dogs"

"Diamond Dogs" is a 1974 single by David Bowie, the title track of the album of the same name.

The lyric introduces the listener to Bowie’s latest persona and his environment; Halloween Jack dwells on top of an abandoned skyscraper ("Manhattan Chase", a.k.a. One Chase Manhattan Plaza) in a post-apocalyptic Manhattan. The guitar sound is heavily influenced by The Rolling Stones, and signalled Bowie moving away from glam rock and closer to a proto-punk Stooges-influenced sound.[1]

The track was considered by many commentators to be an unconventional single, and it only reached number 21 in the United Kingdom. According to NME critics Roy Carr and Charles Shaar Murray, "As a potential hit single, the title track from Diamond Dogs was something of a non-event. Too long, too bleak in vision, too tough to dance to... you know the drill."[2]

Although it was not issued in the US as a single (despite the fact that copies were pressed in the US for shipment to the UK and were commonly imported into the US for sale in shops that sold imports), the song became a central part of Bowie’s North American tour in 1974.

The B-side was a version of Bowie’s 1971 single "Holy Holy", re-recorded during the Ziggy Stardust sessions the same year.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Diamond Dogs" (Bowie) – 5:56 (In Australia, a 2'58" edit was used (RCA 102462) instead of the full-length album version.[3])
  2. "Holy Holy" (Bowie) – 2:20

Production credits[edit]


Chart (1974) Peak
UK Singles Chart 21
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[4] 7
French Singles Chart 26
Irish Singles Chart 27

Live versions[edit]

Other releases[edit]

Cover versions[edit]

  • Beck recorded a cover version of "Diamond Dogs", produced by Timbaland, for the film Moulin Rouge! in 2001. The dancers in the film were also called the Diamond Dogs, as were the dancers on Bowie's 1974 tour.
  • Blind Willie's Johnson – Only Bowie (1995)
  • Dramarama – Live recording (1992)
  • Duran DuranThank You (Japanese version 1995)
  • Rancid Vat – "Bowiecide" single
  • Graveyard School – Hero: The Main Man Records Tribute to David Bowie (2007)
  • Gilby ClarkeSwag
  • John Vanderslice covered the entire Diamond Dogs album in "John Vanderslice Plays David Bowie's Diamond Dogs" (2015).


  1. ^ Nicholas Pegg (2000). The Complete David Bowie: p.63
  2. ^ Roy Carr & Charles Shaar Murray (1981). Bowie: An Illustrated Record: p.64
  3. ^ a b c Ruud Altenburg. "David Bowie – Illustrated db Discography". Illustrated-db-discography.nl. Retrieved 9 October 2016.
  4. ^ Pennanen, Timo (2006). Sisältää hitin – levyt ja esittäjät Suomen musiikkilistoilla vuodesta 1972 (in Finnish). Helsinki: Kustannusosakeyhtiö Otava.