Strangers When We Meet (David Bowie song)

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"Strangers When We Meet"
Bowie StrangersWhenWeMeet.jpg
Single by David Bowie
from the album The Buddha of Suburbia and Outside
B-side"The Man Who Sold the World (Live)"
Released20 November 1995
Format7"/CD single
RecordedNew York City, January–February 1995; Westside Studios, London, October 1995.
GenreArt rock
Length4:58 (The Buddha of Suburbia album version)
5:07 (Outside album version)
4:19 (Edited version)
LabelRCA
74321 329407
Songwriter(s)David Bowie
Producer(s)David Bowie, Brian Eno, David Richards
David Bowie singles chronology
"The Hearts Filthy Lesson"
(1995)
"Strangers When We Meet"
(1995)
"Hallo Spaceboy"
(1996)
Music video
"Strangers When We Meet" on YouTube

"Strangers When We Meet" is a song by David Bowie, originally recorded for his 1993 album The Buddha of Suburbia. In 1995, Bowie re-recorded the song for his Outside album, and this version was edited and released as a single, paired with a reworked version of Bowie’s 1970 “The Man Who Sold the World”.

While the new version of “The Man Who Sold the World” was billed as a "live version", it was actually a studio-recorded track, based on a reworked version of the song performed on the Outside Tour, and mixed by Brian Eno.

Samuel Bayer’s video for the song shared some visual similarities with that for “The Hearts Filthy Lesson”, but was a more simple and placid affair set in a decaying artist's studio. Despite a live performance on Top of the Pops, the double A-side entered the UK charts at No. 39 before dropping away.

Track listing[edit]

7" version[edit]

  1. "Strangers When We Meet (Edit)" (Bowie) – 4:19
  2. "The Man Who Sold the World (Live)" (Bowie) – 3:35

UK CD version[edit]

  1. "Strangers When We Meet (Edit)" (Bowie) – 4:19
  2. "The Man Who Sold the World (Live)" (Bowie) – 3:35
  3. "Strangers When We Meet (Album version)" (Bowie) – 5:06
  4. "Get Real" (Bowie/Eno)

US CD version[edit]

  1. "Strangers When We Meet (Album version)" (Bowie) – 5:06
  2. "Strangers When We Meet (Buddha of Suburbia album version)" (Bowie) – 5:06
  3. "The Man Who Sold the World" (Live) (Bowie) – 3:35

Australian CD version[edit]

  1. "Strangers When We Meet" (Edit) (Bowie) – 4:19
  2. "The Man Who Sold the World" (Live) (Bowie) – 3:35
  3. "Strangers When We Meet" (Album version) (Bowie) – 5:06
  4. "Strangers When We Meet" (Buddha of Suburbia album version) (Bowie) – 5:06

UK Promo version[edit]

  1. "Strangers When We Meet (Edit)" (Bowie) – 4:19

US Promo version[edit]

  1. "Strangers When We Meet (Edit)" (Bowie) – 4:19
  2. "Strangers When We Meet (Buddha of Suburbia Edit)" (Bowie) – 4:10
  3. "Strangers When We Meet (Album version)" (Bowie) – 5:06

Production credits[edit]

References[edit]

Pegg, Nicholas, The Complete David Bowie, Reynolds & Hearn Ltd, 2000, ISBN 1-903111-14-5

External links[edit]