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Hang On to Yourself" is a song written by David Bowie in 1971 and released as a single with his band Arnold Corns. A re-recorded version was released on the album . The main riff is representative of The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars glam rock's influence as a bridge between 1950s rock and roll, specifically rockabilly, and the punk to come; it draws on rockabilly influences such as Eddie Cochran, yet is faster and grungier (thanks to guitarist Mick Ronson's raunchy, distorted Les Paul), in a way that would influence punk records such as " Teenage Lobotomy" by Ramones.
Arnold Corns version [ edit ]
Arnold Corns version of "Hang On to Yourself"—recorded at the Radio Luxembourg studios in London on 25 February 1971 —was first released by B&C as the  B-side to the single " Moonage Daydream" in the UK on 7 May 1971. On 11 August 1972, it was released again, this time as an A-side, by B&C.  
"Hang On to Yourself" – 2:55
"The Man in the Middle" – 4:20
The Arnold Corns version was a bonus track on the 1990
Rykodisc/ EMI remastering of Bowie's album . In 2002, this version appeared on the bonus disc of the The Man Who Sold the World album's 30th Anniversary 2-CD reissue. Ziggy Stardust
David Bowie: vocals, piano
Freddi Buretti: vocals
Mark Carr-Pritchard: guitar
Peter DeSomogyi: bass
Tim Broadbent: drums, tambourine
The official band line-up, fronted by dress designer Freddi Buretti, was a total fabrication; Buretti was at the session but his contributions were simply lost alongside Bowie's.
Album version [ edit ]
The album version of the song was recorded in November 1971 at Trident Studios, London.
Other releases [ edit ]
It was released as the B-side of the single "
John, I'm Only Dancing" in September 1972 . It was also released as the B-side to the single "
Looking for a Friend" in May 1985 . The Portuguese version of the single "
Starman" from September 1972 also had "Hang On to Yourself" as the B-side. In November 1972
it was released as the B-side of the US release of the single " The Jean Genie". It was released as a picture disc in the
RCA Life Time picture disc set. It also appeared on the Japanese compilation
The Best of David Bowie (1974).
Live versions [ edit ]
Cover versions [ edit ]
Gilby Clarke – (1997) The Hangover
Of Montreal – Live on their 2009 tour The Pocket FishRMen –
Only Bowie tribute album
Melvin James – David Bowie Acoustic Tribute
Kommunity FK – Tribute to David Bowie Mutant Monster Beach Party –
Hero: The Main Man Records Tribute to David Bowie (2007) Techno Cowboy – "The Ziggy Stardust Omnichord Album" (2009)
Offbeats – "Evolution Of The Stickman" LP (1987)
Contraband – On their 1991 debutalbum
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