Hang On to Yourself

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"Hang On to Yourself"
Single by Arnold Corns
B-side "Man in the Middle"
Released August 1972
Format 7" single
Recorded 25 February 1971, Radio Luxembourg studios, London
Length 2:51
Label B&C Records
Songwriter(s) David Bowie
Arnold Corns singles chronology
"Moonage Daydream"
"Hang On to Yourself"
"Moonage Daydream"
"Hang On to Yourself"
David Bowie singles chronology
(1972) Starman1972
"Hang Onto Yourself"
(Arnold Corns)
(1972) Hang Onto Yourself1972
"John, I'm Only Dancing"
(1972) John, I'm Only Dancing1972
"Hang On to Yourself"
Song by David Bowie
from the album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars
Released 16 June 1972[1]
Recorded November 1971
Length 2:38
Label RCA
Songwriter(s) David Bowie
Producer(s) David Bowie and Ken Scott
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars track listing
Side one
  1. "Five Years"
  2. "Soul Love"
  3. "Moonage Daydream"
  4. "Starman"
  5. "It Ain't Easy"
Side two
  1. "Lady Stardust"
  2. "Star"
  3. "Hang On to Yourself"
  4. "Ziggy Stardust"
  5. "Suffragette City"
  6. "Rock 'n' Roll Suicide"

"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 Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. The main riff is representative of 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]

The Arnold Corns version of "Hang On to Yourself"—recorded at the Radio Luxembourg studios in London on 25 February 1971[3]—was first released by B&C as the B-side to the single "Moonage Daydream" in the UK on 7 May 1971.[4] On 11 August 1972, it was released again, this time as an A-side, by B&C.[5]

  1. "Hang On to Yourself" – 2:55
  2. "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 The Man Who Sold the World. In 2002, this version appeared on the bonus disc of the Ziggy Stardust album's 30th Anniversary 2-CD reissue.

  • Musicians:
    • 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 (1972-09).
  • It was also released as the B-side to the single "Looking for a Friend" in May 1985 (1985-05).
  • The Portuguese version of the single "Starman" from September 1972 (1972-09) also had "Hang On to Yourself" as the B-side.
  • In November 1972 (1972-11) 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 ClarkeThe Hangover (1997)
  • Of Montreal – Live on their 2009 tour
  • The Pocket FishRMen – Only Bowie tribute album
  • Melvin JamesDavid Bowie Acoustic Tribute
  • Kommunity FKTribute 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)[6]
  • Contraband – On their 1991 debutalbum


  1. ^ "Happy 43rd Birthday to Ziggy Stardust". Retrieved 16 June 2015. 
  2. ^ "500 Greatest Albums of All Time : 35 – David Bowie, 'The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars'". Rolling Stone. 31 May 2012. Retrieved 21 January 2016. 
  3. ^ Kevin Cann (2010). Any Day Now – David Bowie: The London Years: 1947–1974: pp.206-207
  4. ^ Kevin Cann (2010). Any Day Now – David Bowie: The London Years: 1947–1974: p.216
  5. ^ Kevin Cann (2010). Any Day Now – David Bowie: The London Years: 1947–1974: p.262
  6. ^ "Offbeats - The Evolution Of The Stickman (Vinyl, LP, Album)". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2016-10-06. 

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