The songs on the singles and albums included here have one thing in commonBowie either wrote or produced them, played instruments or did backing vocalsbut he does not provide lead vocals (these are listed in Guest Appearances). The albumsin this section Iggy Pop's TV Eye (1978) to The Bowie Years (2020)are listed in a chronological order.
|Iggy Pop: TV Eye
(RCA PL 12796), 1978 (UK)
TV Eye/Funtime/Sixteen/I Got A Right/Lust For Life/Dirt/Nightclubbing/I Wanna Be Your Dog.
Bowie accompanied Iggy on the first portion of his 1977 tour as keyboard player and backup vocalist. The performances on this album are culled from four separate performances, three of which included Bowie: Cleveland, Agora Ballroom, 21 and 22-03-77 and Chicago, Midnight Mantra Studios, 28-04-77. The album was mixed by Bowie and Iggy Pop. I Got A Right/Sixteen was released as a single (RCA PB 9213).
Several other 1977 concerts have had a sanctioned release; see The Bowie Years below for more info.
|Various Artists: Just A Gigolo
(Jamco JAM 1), 1979 (UK)
This soundtrack has 'David Bowie's Revolutionary Song' by The Rebels; Bowie co-wrote the song and sings backing vocals. Other artists include Marlene Dietrich and Village People [sic]. Released in Germany as Schöner Gigolo, Armer Gigolo (Ariola 200642; bottom). Revolutionary Song/Charmaine (Pasadena Roof Orchestra) was released as a single (Overseas Records MA-185-A) in Japan only, in an edited version.
A 2016 download split 'Revolutionary Song' up into four parts. In 2019, the soundtrack was reissued in three configurations. A blue vinyl LP reissue (Music On Vinyl MOVATM248) dropped the fourth part of 'Revolutionary Song', whereas the expanded CD release (Cherry Red CDMRED746) used the four part configuration. The complete song was reissued as a RSD exclusive single (Music On Vinyl MOV7053), b/w Just A Gigolo (Marlene Dietrich).
|Iggy Pop: Soldier
(Arista SPARTY 1117), 1980 (UK)
Play It Safe.
Bowie co-wrote 'Play It Safe' with Iggy and does backing vocals on this track together with The Simple Minds.
|Iggy Pop: Blah Blah Blah
(A&M AMA 5145), 1986 (UK)
Real Wild Child/Baby, It Can't Fall/Shades/Fire Girl/Isolation/Cry For Love/Blah Blah Blah/Hideaway/Winners And Losers.
'Little Miss Emperor' is a CD-only bonus track. The entire album was produced by Bowie and David Richards. No less than four singles were culled from this album: Cry For Love/Winners And Losers (A&M AM 358), Real Wild Child/Little Miss Emperor (A&M AM 368), Shades/Baby, It Can't Fall (A&M AM 374) and Isolation/Hideaway (A&M AM 397).
Bowie's backing vocals apparently were removed from most tracks at the last minute. However, on the Extended Version of 'Real Wild Child (Wild One)' on the A&M 392 154-1 12", he is clearly audible! The demo of 'Fire Girl' (found on Where The Faces Shine Volume 2; Easy Action EARS018) too features Bowie on backing vocals.
|Dana Gillespie: Andy Warhol
(Golden Years GY 001), 1994 (UK)
Andy Warhol/Weren't Born A Man/Lavender Hill/Really Love The Man/Eternal Showman/Never Knew/Don't Mind Me/Mother Don't Be Frightened/Stardom Roads Parts I & II/Wanderlust/Dizzy Heights/Backed A Loser/No Tail To Wag/All Gone.
Compilation of songs recorded during Dana Gillespie's Mainman period. Also see the BOWPROMO white-label album.
|Ava Cherry And The Astronettes: People From Bad Homes
(Golden Years GY 005), 1995 (UK)
I Am Divine/I Am A Laser/Seven Days/God Only Knows/Having A Good Time/People From Bad Homes/Highway Blues/Only Me/Things To Do/How Could I Be Such A Fool/I'm In The Mood For Love/Spirits In The Night.
This album was recorded in 1973 by the Astronettes, with Bowie involved both as a producer musician and background singer. The Astronettes project was shelved until 1995, when it appeared as an Ava Cherry album through Mainman successor Golden Years (also responsible for RarestOneBowie and Santa Monica '72). Released in the US as Griffin GCD-424-2 (second). Reissued in 2009 as The Astronettes Sessions on Black Barbarella BBARBCD 001 (bottom), with an additional interview.
There is some confusion about Bowie's participation to this album. The US edition states Bowie does lead vocals on 'I Am Divine' (which can only be accessed by rewinding after starting at track 1), but this definitely is not true. Bowie's vocal contribution to this album is limited to backing vocals on a number of songs.
|Various Artists: Another Crazy Cocktail Party
(BMG/RCA 74321-39147), 1997 (US)
This 20 track compilation features 'Pancho' by Dee Dee And Her Panchos, which was written by W. Albimoor, A. Girourd and a certain D. Bowie back in the early 60s.
|Various Artists: Songbook
(Connoisseur Collection VSOP CD 236), 1997 (UK)
Blondie: "Heroes"/The Flying Pickets: Space Oddity/Midge Ure: The Man Who Sold The World/Danny Wilson: Kooks/Bauhaus: Ziggy Stardust/Tony Hadley: Rock 'N' Roll Suicide/Polecats: John I'm Only Dancing/Mott The Hoople: All The Young Dudes/Lulu: Watch That Man/Sigue Sigue Sputnik: Rebel Rebel/Duran Duran: Fame/Billy MacKenzie: Secret Life Of Arabia/Susannah Hoffs: Boys Keep Swinging/Tears For Fears: Ashes To Ashes/Iggy Pop: China Girl/Beatstalkers: Silver Treetop School For Boys/Oscar: Over The Wall We Go.
One of the few worthwhile tribute CDs, containing a number of interesting covers plus a few 1960s oddities.
(originally scheduled for 1998, remains unreleased)
Heat Of Flame.
Bowie plays saxophone on 'Heat Of Flame' and produced the artwork for the album cover. This album was announced in September 1998 but never actually released.
|Various Artists: Oh! You Pretty Things
(Castle CMQCD1311), 2006 (UK)
Oscar: Over The Wall We Go/Ronnie Hilton: The Laughing Gnome/The Beatstalkers: Silver Tree Top School For Boys/Billy Fury: Silly Boy Blue/The Beatstalkers: Everything Is You/The Beatstalkers: When I'm Five/Peter Noone: Oh! You Pretty Thing/Dana Gillespie: Andy Warhol (alternative mix)/Mott The Hoople: All The Young Dudes/Lou Reed: Wagon Wheel/Simon Turner: The Prettiest Star/Ava Cherry: I Am A Laser/Ava Cherry: People From Bad Homes/The Astronettes: I Am Divine/The Astronettes: Things To Do/Lulu: The Man Who Sold The World (alternative mix)/Lulu: Watch That Man/Mick Ronson: Growing Up And I'm Fine/Mick Ronson: Music Is Lethal/Mick Ronson: Hey Ma Get Papa/Dana Gillespie: Backed A Loser/Donovan: Rock 'N' Roll With Me/John Cougar Mellencamp: The Man Who Sold The World.
An interesting compilation featuring early Bowie compositions and many cooperations from the 1971-1974 Mainman years.
|Mott The Hoople
(Angel Air RAJPBOX001), 2008 (UK)
Introduction/All The Young Dudes/Honky Tonk Women.
A 4CD box covering live recording and demos. One of the concerts was recorded in Philadelphia, Tower Theatre, 29-11-72. Bowie introduced the band and participated in the two encores.
Dana Gillespie: What Memories We Make (The Complete MainMan Recordings 1971-1974)
A 2CD compilation featuring tracks from the BOWPROMO album, Weren't Born A Man, Ain't Gonna Play No Second Fiddle plus several outtakes. Of particular interest is the previously unreleased demo of 'Andy Warhol', featuring David on guitar and backing vocals.