|Studio album by|
|Released||19 October 1973|
|Recorded||8 July – August 1973|
|Studio||Château d'Hérouville, Hérouville, France|
|David Bowie chronology|
|Singles from Pin Ups|
|The Encyclopedia of Popular Music|||
|The Rolling Stone Album Guide|||
Pin Ups entered the UK chart on 3 November 1973 (coincidentally the same day as Bryan Ferry's covers album These Foolish Things) and stayed there for 21 weeks, peaking at No. 1. It re-entered the chart on 30 April 1983, this time for fifteen weeks, peaking at No. 57. In July 1990, it again entered the chart, for one week, at No. 52.
A version of The Velvet Underground's "White Light/White Heat" was recorded during the sessions. It was never released; Bowie donated the backing track to Mick Ronson for his 1975 album Play Don't Worry.
According to co-producer Ken Scott, the LP was originally conceived as "a complete opposite of [Bowie's] other albums", consisting of all cover songs except one original composition, and mainly turned towards the US market since "he wanted to do songs that weren't known as well in the States as they were in England", yet eventually the plan was dropped. Pin Ups was the first of two "1960s nostalgia" albums that Bowie had planned to release. The second, which was planned to be called "Bowie-ing Out," would have contained Bowie covering his favourite American artists, but was never recorded. Bowie also apparently considered making a Pin Ups sequel: he had compiled a list of songs he wanted to cover, some of which showed up on his later releases of Heathen (2002) and Reality (2003).
In the album booklet, Bowie, writing in his own hand, describes Pin Ups as:
These songs are among my favourites from the '64–67' period of London. / Most of the groups were playing the Ricky-Tick (was it a 'y' or an 'i'?) -Scene club circuit (Marquee, eel pie island la-la). / Some are still with us. / Pretty Things, Them, Yardbirds, Syd's Pink Floyd, Mojos, Who, Easybeats, Merseys, The Kinks. / Love-on ya!
The woman on the cover with Bowie is 1960s supermodel Twiggy in a photograph taken by her then-manager Justin de Villeneuve. It was shot in Paris for Vogue magazine, but at Bowie's request was used for the album instead.
|1.||"Rosalyn" (Originally recorded by The Pretty Things)||Jimmy Duncan, Bill Farley||2:27|
|2.||"Here Comes the Night" (Notably recorded by Them)||Bert Berns||3:09|
|3.||"I Wish You Would" (Notably recorded by The Yardbirds)||Billy Boy Arnold||2:40|
|4.||"See Emily Play" (Originally recorded by Pink Floyd)||Syd Barrett||4:03|
|5.||"Everything's Alright" (Originally recorded by The Mojos)||Nicky Crouch, John Konrad, Simon Stavely, Stuart James, Keith Karlson||2:26|
|6.||"I Can't Explain" (Originally recorded by The Who)||Pete Townshend||2:07|
|7.||"Friday on My Mind" (Originally recorded by The Easybeats)||George Young, Harry Vanda||3:18|
|8.||"Sorrow" (Notably recorded by The Merseys)||Bob Feldman, Jerry Goldstein, Richard Gottehrer||2:48|
|9.||"Don't Bring Me Down" (Originally recorded by The Pretty Things)||Johnnie Dee||2:01|
|10.||"Shapes of Things" (Originally recorded by The Yardbirds)||Paul Samwell-Smith, Jim McCarty, Keith Relf||2:47|
|11.||"Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere" (Originally recorded by The Who)||Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend||3:04|
|12.||"Where Have All the Good Times Gone" (Originally recorded by The Kinks)||Ray Davies||2:35|
|Bonus Tracks (1990 Rykodisc/EMI)|
|1.||"Growin' Up" (Previously unreleased; from the early Diamond Dogs sessions. Originally recorded by Bruce Springsteen)||Bruce Springsteen||3:26|
|2.||"Port of Amsterdam" (B-side of the Sorrow single; originally recorded in French by Jacques Brel, English translation by Mort Shuman)||Jacques Brel, Mort Shuman||3:19|
- David Bowie – vocals, guitar, tenor and alto saxophone, harmonica, arrangements, backing vocals, Moog synthesiser
- Mick Ronson – guitar, piano, vocals, arrangements
- Trevor Bolder – bass guitar
- Aynsley Dunbar – drums
- Mike Garson – piano, organ, harpsichord, electric piano
- Ken Fordham – baritone saxophone
- G.A. MacCormack – backing vocals
- Ron Wood – guitar on "Growin' Up"
- David Bowie – producer
- Ken Scott – producer
- Dennis MacKay – engineer
- Dr. Toby Mountain – mastering engineer (1990)
- Jonathan Wyner – mastering assistant (1990)
- Peter Mew – mastering engineer (1999)
- Nigel Reeve – mastering engineer (1999)
|1973||Finnish album Charts||1|
|1973||UK Album Charts||1|
|1973||Billboard Pop Albums||23|
|1973||Norwegian album Charts||8|
|1973||Australian Kent Report album Charts||4|
|1973||"Sorrow"||UK Singles Chart||3|
Certifications and sales
|France (SNEP)||131,000 *|
|United Kingdom (BPI)||Gold||100,000^|
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