Trident Studios, London: The songs "Shadowman" (also
titled "The Man") and "Something Happens" are recorded at Trident
Studios - possibly for inclusion on THE RISE AND FALL OF ZIGGY STARDUST AND THE SPIDERS
FROM MARS (1972). Other songs started but not finished at the Trident Studios are
"Its Gonna Rain Again", "Only One Paper Left" and "Looking for a
See Album Out-takes for discussion of songs
that didn't make the Ziggy Stardust album.
Friars Club, Aylesbury: Bowie
performs with Mick Ronson, Mick Woodmansey, Trevor Bolder and Tom Parker (ex The Animals)
on piano. Of interest in this set are performances of "Round and Round"
and "Port of Amsterdam" each of which were provisionally intended for the Ziggy
SET LIST: 01. Fill Your Heart (2:36) 02. Buzz The Fuzz (3:01) 03. Space Oddity
(4:18) 04. Amsterdam (3:08) 05. The Supermen (2:44) 06. Oh! You Pretty Things (3:12) 07.
Eight Line Poem (2:47) 08. Changes (3:43) 09. Song For Bob Dylan (3:53) 10. Andy Warhol
(2:47) 11. Queen Bitch (3:01) 12. Looking For A Friend (3:15) 13. Round And Round (3:23)
14. Waiting For The Man (3:53)
TRANSCRIPTION OF TAPE OF THIS PERFORMANCE:
Announcer: "Just a little bit, get closer, alright ok. Now let's have a
very warm Friars Aylesbury reception for a very rare appearance of David Bowie."
David Bowie: "Thank you Peter, good evening, hello, this is Michael Ronson,
he's a guitarist who works with me a lot, get yourselves sat down. (tunes guitar).
"We'll have a band on a bit later for this, but we'll do some solo things
first if we can slowly... Anybody who has seen me before knows that I don't do many gigs
and this is one of the few exceptions. So we're gonna start slowly till we get the hang of
it again coz we're not used to it. The first song is called FILL YOUR HEART and is by an
American gentleman called Biff Rose. Can I have something to drink. Thank you ok. Are you
gonna get a bit nearer (talking to Ronson laughing). To the mike (sarcastically)."
Mick Ronson: "Hello."
David Bowie: "Yeah, that's it. As you all know it's a long way down, anyway
I'm back again."
(PLAYS 'FILL YOUR HEART').
David Bowie: "Thanks very much. We didn't know what kind of songs to do
tonight, so we just decided to endeavour to sing the kind of songs that we'll hope you'll
enjoy. It's what we call entertainment, we want to entertain you. Entertain you it's an
old word, we want to make you happy coz we want to be happy doing them. The next one to
follow that is also another Biff Rose number. I'm a bit keen on his songs I think they are
very good, very funny. He's a very overrated (laughs) underrated songwriter, sorry Biff,
and he's been working in America for about 5 years and nobody over here is buying his
records and not many people in America seem to either and the album this comes from is
called THE THORN IN MRS ROSES SIDE and it's a good album to buy it's called BUZZ THE FUZZ
and it's a Los Angeles song."
(PLAYS 'BUZZ THE FUZZ').
David Bowie: "Ta (intro to SPACE ODDITY) This is one of my own that we get
over with as soon as possible."
(PLAYS 'SPACE ODDITY').
David Bowie: "Thank you. That's very good of you, thank you. This is a...
a... I want to go to another um, number by another songwriter yet again. It's by a French
composer called Jacques Brel, who was writing a long time ago and he wrote this song about
15 years ago and it was called PORT OF AMSTERDAM, it was true then, it's not untrue now,
meaning insufficient. If we're I haven't been up very long, you see I'm very bad at
getting up, always been bad at getting up haven't you? Terrible. When I was at school my
mother could only get me up. She found out the trick of getting me up, she would put on a
black dress and sit on the bed and cry. I'd be up like a shot. Enough of this frivolity.
This is the Jacques Brel number anyway called PORT OF AMSTERDAM."
PLAYS 'PORT OF AMSTERDAM'.
David Bowie: "Thank you very much indeed. We thought it'd be nice to bring
the boys on to do this gig with us before we go off to America in a few months. We're
going to America, the land of subways. The subways are rather like the Underground, you
still get lots of people who wait for hours for the train, they all have that thing of
going to the edge of the platform and looking down into a tunnel. I don't know what they
expect to come out? Do they expect something other than a train to come out of it? You
have to be a sadist or a masochist to take the subway in America, coz if you go on in a
crowd within 5 or 10 minutes somebody's got a good grip on you (in an American accent)
'Stay on 3 more stops and I'll give you 50 cents', it's really quite grim and they've got
a Miss Subway contest, see, and I think you only condition for entry is you have to look
as though you've been hit by one from some of the entries we saw when we was out there.
Anyway that's where we're going America. Land of the living, land of the dead. - Land of
the dead, they've got lots murders, killings as you've probably read about in the papers.
That crime wave and it's kind of inbred in them to murder and kill and kike a family man
will get into a car and drive at 90, bumper to bumper on long stretches of motorway, they
come up with original ways of killing people, you read reports of old man battered to
death weapon believed to have been Durex filled with ball bearings. That's not the only
problem you see coz you've got the apartments problem as well, because you just can't get
an apartment. I stayed in quite a nice one whilst I was there, all couples no women and I
wouldn't say ?????? island. I don't know if any of you know America at all, not exactly
quite, but I took 13 showers for excitement. One evening somebody comes and says I'm
really sorry I'm afraid I have some very bad news for you, your grandmother has died. Oh
that's awful, has her apartment gone yet, did she die with central heating, really
terrible. Anyway we're going there later. They should be on now, are you on, this is
SUPERMEN. This is one from an album that we did last year, which sold like hot cakes in
Beckenham and no where else. It's called THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD that's the name of the
album and this is one of the numbers off it called SUPERMEN."
PLAYS 'THE SUPERMEN'.
David Bowie: "Thank you. That is Woody Woodmansey, that is Trevor Bolder,
they play with me. We're gonna have a pianist on in a few moments. I'll just get this up
coz I don't need it down again, hang on. This is a number I wrote for myself and for the
album and somebody else did it, I won't say anymore, we'll do it anyway."
PLAYS 'OH! YOU PRETTY THINGS'. PLAYS 'EIGHT LINE POEM'.
David Bowie: "Thank you. This is where we get Tom Parker on stage, ex
Animal. Tom will take over piano and play it properly for the rest of the evening. The
first thing we're gonna do with Tom is one in which I don't know the guitar chords so I'll
stand here like a twit, like used to singing like one. ??? called CHANGES a new one from
David Bowie: "Presumptuousness of the songwriter is that he feels he can
pick on anybody, I'm no exception, but this is not a picking song it's just about
somebody, it's called SONG FOR BOB DYLAN."
PLAYS 'SONG FOR BOB DYLAN'.
David Bowie: "Thank you, thanks very much. That was written during a spate
of people songs. I got hung up on writing about people, these kind of well known figures
and what they stood for. I believe very much in the media of the streets, street messages
and one of the leaders in that field is a man called Andy Warhol and this is, this is
about him it's called ANDY WARHOL."
PLAYS 'ANDY WARHOL'.
David Bowie: "This is one with the band again. It's the third in a series
of people songs I did. This one is about a friend of mine in America called Lou Reed,
who's the singer with a band out there called Velvet Underground who aren't that well
known (audience cheer) yes they are sorry, sorry very well known band over here called
Velvet Underground, they don't know about them in Beckenham I tell ya. Anyway Lou is very
funny, outrageously funny and this is a song for Lou and it's called QUEEN BITCH."
PLAYS 'QUEEN BITCH'. PLAYS 'LOOKING FOR A FRIEND'.
David Bowie: "Thank you, this is our last number. Thank you very
PLAYS 'ROUND AND ROUND'.
David Bowie: "Thank you very much, thank you."
(Audience cheer for encore)
Announcer: "David Bowie, come on let's ?????"
David Bowie: "This is one thank God you'll probably appreciate not being in
Beckenham, are you ready Mick? It's a Velvet Underground number, it's called WAITING FOR
PLAYS 'WAITING FOR THE MAN'.