When the Wind Blows (song)

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"When the Wind Blows"
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Single by David Bowie
from the album When the Wind Blows soundtrack
B-side"When the Wind Blows (Instrumental)"
Released27 October 1986
Format7"/12" single
LabelVirgin Records
VS 906
Songwriter(s)David Bowie
Erdal Kızılçay
Producer(s)David Bowie
David Richards
David Bowie singles chronology
"Magic Dance"
"When the Wind Blows"
"Day-In Day-Out"

"When the Wind Blows" is a song from the soundtrack of the film of the same name, performed by David Bowie.

It marked the second contribution from Bowie to a film based on a Raymond Briggs book – he contributed a filmed introduction to The Snowman in 1982. Bowie's song was the result of a collaboration with multi-instrumentalist Erdal Kızılçay, who would work with Bowie in the future, most notably on The Buddha of Suburbia.

The single peaked at UK No. 44, promoted by a video that featured a montage of clips from the film, with Bowie's animated face overlaid. Since then, the song has become something of a rarity, appearing rarely on reissues and best-of compilations.

Unlike most instrumental B-sides from the 1980s, the instrumental version of "When the Wind Blows" is not simply a version of the song with vocals dubbed, but a completely different orchestral recording.

Track listing[edit]

Lyrics by David Bowie, music by Bowie and Erdal Kizilcay.

7": Virgin / VS 906 (UK) / VSS 906 (UK)[edit]

  1. "When the Wind Blows" – 3:32
  2. "When the Wind Blows" (Instrumental) – 3:52
  • A "Special Limited Edition" 7" shaped picture disc was also released (VSS 906), containing the same tracks as the regular 7" release. The picture on the front of the picture disc is of Jim and Hilda Bloggs (the main characters from the movie), and the flip-side is a negative of the same image covered by a black and white radioactivity symbol.

12": Virgin / VS 906-12 (UK)[edit]

  1. "When the Wind Blows" (Extended Mix) – 5:46
  2. "When the Wind Blows" (Instrumental) – 3:52

Digital Download - 2007 EMI UK (When The Wind Blows EP by David Bowie)[edit]

  1. "When the Wind Blows" (2002 Remaster) – 3:34
  2. "When the Wind Blows" (Extended Mix) – 5:36
  3. "When the Wind Blows" (Instrumental) – 3:46

Other releases[edit]

The single release has also appeared on the following:

Production credits[edit]



Chart (1986) Peak
UK Singles Chart 44
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[1] 17
Irish Singles Chart 19


  1. ^ Pennanen, Timo (2006). Sisältää hitin – levyt ja esittäjät Suomen musiikkilistoilla vuodesta 1972 (in Finnish). Helsinki: Kustannusosakeyhtiö Otava.
  • Pegg, Nicholas, The Complete David Bowie, Reynolds & Hearn Ltd, 2000, ISBN 1-903111-14-5

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