|"Be My Wife"|
|Single by David Bowie|
|from the album Low|
|B-side||"Speed of Life"|
|Released||17 June 1977|
|Studio||Château d'Hérouville (Hérouville, France)|
|David Bowie singles chronology|
"Be My Wife" is a song by English musician David Bowie. It was the second single from Low (1977),released on 17 June 1977.
Its presence in Low tones down the electronic feel of the rest of the album. The song also features a more conventional lyric which is closer to a traditional rock song than the more fragmented lyrics elsewhere on that album. The song features a ragtime piano opening,which serves the somewhat retro lyrics some justice,although it is soon set against a backdrop of guitars and drums. The song repeats its lyrics,changing the spacing of the lyrics amongst the song's verse. The song closes simply with a fadeout,as the song returns to the introductory ragtime riff repeating indefinitely,with the rest of the band playing behind it.
"Be My Wife" became the first new Bowie release since "Changes" to fail to break into the UK chart. It was frequently played live on the various tours after its release and Bowie is said to have repeatedly announced this song during live performances as "one of my favourites," as may be seen or heard in such concert footage or audio recordings.
Cash Box said that it "demonstrates the rock and roll side of 'Low.'" and that there is also "a shrill organ,unusual guitar and synthesizer lines,and the creative use of a barrelhouse piano."
"Be My Wife" apparently was Bowie's first official video since "Life on Mars?". The video is in fact rather similar:Bowie stands alone against a white backdrop singing the song alone. However,Stanley Dorfman's new clip featured a Bowie in make-up and clothing influenced by Buster Keaton and giving an irreverent,detached performance on a guitar,which does gel with the candid feeling generated by the song.
All tracks written by David Bowie.
The Idiot is the debut studio album by American musician Iggy Pop,released on March 18,1977,by RCA Records. After the break-up of his band the Stooges in 1974,Pop struggled with drug addiction. Although attempts to get sober proved unsuccessful,by 1976,he was ready to end his addiction. Pop accepted an invitation to accompany his friend David Bowie on his Isolar Tour. At the end of the tour,Pop agreed to join Bowie,also struggling with drug addiction,in moving to Europe to rid themselves of their addictions. The two settled into the Château d'Hérouville in Hérouville,where Bowie agreed to produce an album for Pop.
"Heroes" is the 12th studio album by English musician David Bowie,released on 14 October 1977 by RCA Records. After releasing Low earlier that year,Bowie toured as the keyboardist of his friend and singer Iggy Pop. At the conclusion of the tour,they recorded Pop's second solo album Lust for Life at Hansa Tonstudio in West Berlin before Bowie regrouped there with collaborator Brian Eno and producer Tony Visconti to record "Heroes". It was the second instalment of his Berlin Trilogy,following Low and preceding Lodger (1979). Of the three albums,it was the only one wholly recorded in Berlin. Much of the same personnel from Low returned for the sessions,augmented by King Crimson guitarist Robert Fripp.
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"Changes" is a song by English singer-songwriter David Bowie,originally released on his 1971 album Hunky Dory. RCA Records then released it as a single from the album on 7 January 1972. Written following his promotional tour of America in early 1971,"Changes" was recorded at Trident Studios in London between June and July that year. Co-produced by Bowie and Ken Scott,it featured Strawbs member Rick Wakeman on piano and the musicians who would later become known as the Spiders from Mars:guitarist Mick Ronson,bassist Trevor Bolder and drummer Mick Woodmansey. The song also marks the first instance of Bowie playing the saxophone on one of his recordings.
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