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Bonus track on
Rykodisc/EMI releases (1990 & 1994) & EMI (2002)
Albums: The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars (1972) (Rykodisc bonus)
Singles: Velvet Goldmine
Velvet Goldmine was recorded in November 1971 at London's Trident Studios. The original working title for this song was "He's a Goldmine" and under this name the song was originally scheduled to be on Side Two of the Ziggy Stardust album right up until January 1972. However, in an early 1972 radio interview, Bowie indicated that while the song was a "lovely thing" and very "David Bowie", it was eventually dropped from the Ziggy Stardust album because "the lyrics were a little bit too provocative."
"Velvet Goldmine" was eventually released, without Bowie's permission, as a single with "Space Oddity" by RCA in 1975.
"The whole thing came out without my having a chance to listen to the mix. Somebody else had mixed it - an extraordinary move" - Bowie
It was re-released as an approved bonus track on the 1990 Rykodisc re-issue of the Ziggy Stardust album. In 1998 Todd Haynes used the song as the title for his glam movie Velvet Goldmine.
Velvet Goldmine (Bowie)
got crazy legs, you got amazing head
---This page last modified: 28 Jun 2002---