Tin Machine Live: Oy Vey, Baby

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Tin Machine Live: Oy Vey, Baby
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Live album by
Released2 July 1992 (1992-07-02)
Recorded20 November 1991 (1991-11-20)-11 February 1992 (1992-02-11)
ProducerReeves Gabrels, Max Bisgrove, Tom Dubé, Dave Bianco, David Bowie
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AllMusic2/5 stars[1]

Tin Machine Live: Oy Vey, Baby is a live album and video by Tin Machine, originally released by London Records in 1992.

Recorded during Tin Machine's 1991-1992 "It's My Life Tour", the album includes song recorded from 5 different venues from the North American and Asian legs of the tour, and the video album was recorded from a single show in Germany.

The album attracted negative reviews, and became the first album Bowie released since his 1967 self-titled album to fail to chart in the UK.

Oy Vey, Baby was the last Tin Machine album prior to the band disbanding.

Album title[edit]

The title, suggested by Hunt Sales, was a pun on U2's album Achtung Baby (1991). Plans for a second live album (Use Your Wallet, another Sales pun, this time on Guns N' Roses' Use Your Illusion I (1991) and Use Your Illusion II (1991) albums) were shelved when Oy Vey, Baby failed to chart and garnered poor critical reviews.[2]

Critical reviews[edit]

Bowie biographer Nicholas Pegg lamented that the album suffered due to "ugly, indistinct packaging", "an unspeakably misconceived title", and an unimaginative playlist that included an 8-minute version of the "dreaded" "Stateside", all of which combined to lackluster sales and poor reviews. Still, he reserved some good judgement for the release ("it's not actually a bad album").[2] Stephen Erlewine from Allmusic.com called the album "not enough to rescue the batch of underdeveloped songs that form the backbone of the record."[1]


Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by David Bowie and Reeves Gabrels except where noted[a].

1."If There Is Something" (Recorded 17 February 1992 in Tokyo)Bryan Ferry3:55
2."Amazing" (Recorded 7 December 1991 in Chicago) 4:06
3."I Can't Read" (Recorded 20 November 1991 in Boston) 6:25
4."Stateside" (Recorded 27 or 29 November 1991 in New York)Bowie, Hunt Sales8:11
5."Under the God" (Recorded 10 or 11 February 1992 in Sapporo)Bowie4:05
6."Goodbye, Mr. Ed" (Recorded 17 February 1992 in Tokyo)Bowie, Hunt Sales, Tony Fox Sales3:31
7."Heaven's in Here" (Recorded 27 or 29 November 1991 in New York)Bowie12:05
8."You Belong in Rock n' Roll" (Recorded 7 December 1991 in Chicago) 6:59
Total length:47:17

Production credits[edit]


Unlike the live album, which was recorded across a variety of venues during the tour, the live video was recorded at a single show at The Docks, Hamburg on 24 October 1991. The video runtime is 88 minutes and was distributed by PolyGram Video Limited in the UK.[3]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Bus Stop"
  2. "Sacrifice Yourself"
  3. "Goodbye Mr. Ed"
  4. "I Can't Read"
  5. "Baby Universal"
  6. "You Can't Talk"
  7. "Go Now"
  8. "Under The God"
  9. "Betty Wrong"
  10. "Stateside"
  11. "I've Been Waiting For You"
  12. "You Belong In Rock & Roll"
  13. "One Shot"
  14. "If There Is Something"
  15. "Heaven's In Here"
  16. "Amlapura"
  17. "Crack City"


  1. ^ Sources for this section:[2]


  1. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Tin Machine Live: Oy Vey, Baby". AllMusic. Retrieved 6 May 2018.
  2. ^ a b c Pegg, Nicholas (October 2016). "The Complete David Bowie New Edition: Expanded and Updated". Titan Books.
  3. ^ "TIn Machine Live: Oy Vey, Baby". PolyGram Video Limited (Barcode: 0 44008 53203 3).