Illustrated db Discography


C'est La Vie (Bowie): an acetate was auctioned in 2003. Two different versions, apparently taken from a reel containing eight different takes, found their way to collectors in 2011.

Cactus (Francis): Bowie recorded this Pixies cover for Heathen. Performed live on the 2002 concert series and on most gigs of the Reality tour. The 2003 live version on the A Reality Tour DVD has been edited compared to the 2CD (2'34" vs 3'01").

Can You Hear Me (Bowie): from Young Americans. An early version is included on The Gouster, part of the Who Can I Be Now? box set. This version had previously appeared on the Absolutely Rare bootleg. A live version from the Soul Tour can be heard on I'm Only Dancing, while a video of an unspecified performance from the same tour appeared in the David Bowie Is app. Sung as a duet with Cher on her Cher Show (23-11-75); this performance has been released on The Thin White Duke (Idle Mind IMP 1114).

Can't Help Thinking About Me (Bowie): released as a single in 1966 (Pye 7N 17020) as David Bowie and The Lower Third. This was the first Bowie track to appear on LP, on the mid-1966 Hitmakers Vol. 4 (Pye NPL 18144) compilation. A Toy re-recording was released as the album's third (streaming) single, which also features a live version recorded for the 1999 Mark And Lard Show. The Toy 3CD additionally features an Alternative Version and Unplugged & Somewhat Slightly Electric Version. Played live on VH1 Storytellers and the short promotional tour for the hours... album (Something In The Air and At The Kit Kat Klub). Also see the BBC Sessions and Early Works sections.

Can't Stop Loving You: incorrect title for 'I'm A Hog For You Baby'.

Candidate (Bowie): central section of the Sweet Thing/Candidate/Sweet Thing (reprise) sequence on Diamond Dogs; unaccredited as such on David Live. A unique 2'57" mix of the song, fading at the point where it would normally run into 'Sweet Thing (reprise)', can be found on the Intimité soundtrack. A completely different demo version was released as an extra track on the Rykodisc re-release of Diamond Dogs. This demo was retitled to 'Alternative Candidate' on the 30th Anniversary 2CD Edition of Diamond Dogs, which also features the Intimacy edit.

Cat People (Putting Out Fire) (Bowie/Moroder): Basically, two completely different versions exist—the original version from the 1982 Cat People soundtrack and a remake from Let's Dance. The original soundtrack version was edited from 6'41" to 4'08" for the single (MCA 770). In the US, an additional promo 7" was issued with yet a shorter 3'18" edit (Backstreet S45-1767); this edit was also released on a German promo 7" (MCA 104 582). A different 3'08" edit can be found exclusively on a one-sided Dutch promo 7" (MCA 104.102). A unique 9'20" remix appeared on the B-side of the Australian MCA DS 12087 12", whereas another 5'32" remix was released in the US on the MWDN413 Disconet 12". The version running over the end credits of the movie has a different vocal and lyric. The single edit has been reissued on some editions of Best Of Bowie and on The Platinum Collection. In 2009, it appeared on the Inglourious Basterds soundtrack and was even released as a limited edition single (A Band Apart/Warner Bros W818), distributed exclusively through HMV. The second version appeared on both the B-side of the 'Let's Dance' single (EMI EA 152) and on the album. The Let's Dance version was played during the 1983 Serious Moonlight tour and is featured as such on Serious Moonlight.

Changes (Bowie): the first single (RCA 2160) from Hunky Dory. A demo version appeared on the early 80s bootleg LP Caught In The Act (MIM-XXX/400). About thirty years later, it was officially released on Divine Symmetry. A tape with five takes of 'Changes' and three takes of 'Fill Your Heart' was auctioned at Omega in 2018. In 2004, Butterfly Boucher covered 'Changes' for the Shrek 2 soundtrack, with David on guest vocals. Rather out of the blue, a 2021 Alternative Mix was issued as a digital single, which later appeared on Divine Symmetry. The menu of the blu-ray in this set features an instrumental version of the remix. 'Changes' was on the setlist of the 1971 (Divine Symmetry), 1972 (Sound + Vision Plus and 30th Anniversary Edition of Aladdin Sane; Live Santa Monica '72), 1973 (Ziggy Stardust - The Motion Picture), 1974 (David Live; Cracked Actor; I'm Only Dancing), 1976 (Live Nassau Coliseum '76), 1990, 1999 (At The Kit Kat Klub), 2000 (Glastonbury 2000), 2002 and 2003/04 (A Reality Tour) tours. The 2021 documentary '1971: The Year That Music Changed Everything' features a rare live recording from Glastonbury 1971 (Pilton, Worthy Farm, 23-06-71). The live version from David Live was used as B-side of 'Knock On Wood' in Spain (RCA SPBO-9185). A duet with Alicia Keys at the Keep A Child Alive charity at New York, Hammerstein Ballroom, 09-11-06, turned out to be David's final live performance. Also see the BBC Performances section for performance on the 1972 Johnnie Walker Lunchtime Show (included on Bowie At The Beeb).

Chant Of The Ever Circling Skeletal Family (Bowie): segued from 'Big Brother', it closes Diamond Dogs. Although it is featured on the album, the tracklisting of David Live does not mention it. For other live performances, see 'Big Brother'.

Chilly Down (Bowie): from the Labyrinth soundtrack. The vocals are done by Bowie's co-(voice)actors. A demo called 'The Wild Things', with Bowie on vocals, appeared on YouTube in 2016.

China Girl (Bowie/Pop): written by David and Iggy Pop for Iggy's The Idiot; also released as a single (RCA DB 9093) from that album. Bowie recorded his own version for Let's Dance. A shorter version (4'17") than the one on the album (5'32") was released as a single (EMI EA 157). A slightly different edit later appeared on ChangesBowie and Singles Collection, but the original single version was used for Best Of Bowie. In 2003, 'Let's Dance' and 'China Girl' were given a Bollywood treatment by Schtung Music and released on two in-house promo CDRs. The complete list of the 'China Girl' remixes is as follows:

Up until 2023, only the Riff & Vox remix had been officially released, as Riff & Vox Club Mix on Club Bowie and as Club Mix on the 2003 US reissue of Best Of Bowie. The streaming China Girl - Riff & Vox Mixes EP additionally included the Riff & Vox Radio Mix (Riff & Vox on the CDR) and Cinemix. The 4'11" video clip of this song is featured on the Video EP, while a censored version has been released on The Video Collection and the Best Of Bowie DVD. Played on the 1983, 1987 and 1990, 1999, 2002 and 2003/04 tours. Performed in a special semi-accoustic live version on the Bridge School Benefit concert in Mountain View, Shoreline Amphitheater, 20-10-96 (best on Bridge 1996 (Savage Hippo SH 119)). The version recorded for Storytellers in 1999 has been released on the VH1 Storytellers compilation and the identically titled CD+DVD. Other official live versions are found on Serious Moonlight, Glass Spider (the DVD features two versions), Something In The Air, At The Kit Kat Klub, Glastonbury 2000 and the A Reality Tour 2CD (but not the DVD).

Ching-A-Ling (Bowie): in the latter part of 1968, Bowie formed a multimedia trio called Turquoise with his girlfriend Hermione Farthingale and Tony Hill. Hill was soon replaced by John 'Hutch' Hutchinson and the band was renamed Feathers. 'Ching-A-Ling' is the only song from the trio that ever was released, in a version in which Tony Hill's original vocals were overdubbed by those of Hutch. It first appeared on a bootleg single in 1980 (B&C CB 108), probably sourced from acetate. The track was not officially released until 1984, when an edited version lacking Bowie's vocal contribution (2'02") was released on the Love You Till Tuesday LP; a stereo version of this edit was later reissued on the The Deram Anthology. The full length version (2'51") finally appeared in mono on the Love You Till Tuesday CD and in stereo on the Deluxe Edition of David Bowie. A large part of a demo recorded with Turquoise (still with Tony Hill) in 2006 found its way to the website of Onward Music/Fly Records. Two 1969 demos as a duo with Hutch have appeared on Clareville Grove Demos and The Mercury Demos (Conversation Piece has both). Available on a 1968 Audiodisc acetate is a rough mix, while the finished version appeared a few months later on a London Disc-Cutting Center acetate. Being an example of an early promotional film, Love You Till Tuesday features a 'video clip' of this song.

Columbine (Bowie): this song formed part of the mime-performances with Lindsay Kemp. The version used for the 1970 TV adaptation 'The Looking Glass Murders' was initially only found on bootleg (Pierrot In Turquoise (Clown Records IO-001)), but later officially released on the Love You Till Tuesday DVD and on The Width Of A Circle.

Come And Buy My Toys (Bowie): from the 1967 David Bowie debut LP. For further information on re-releases, see the Early Works section.

Come Back My Baby : false title for 'It's Gonna Be Me' used on bootlegs.

Comfortably Numb (Gilmour/Waters): this Pink Floyd song was performed live with David Gilmour in London, Royal Albert Hall, 29-05-06, released on the Remember That Night DVD. The audio was also released on two different promo CD-singles.

Conversation Piece (Bowie): originally released in mono as the B-side of 'The Prettiest Star' in 1970 (Mercury MF 1135). The first official reissue was not until 1990, on the Rykodisc version of Space Oddity; it was reissued on Re:Call 1. A previously unreleased stereo version was included on the 40th Anniversary Edition of Space Oddity, while a demo with John Hutchinson appeared on The Mercury Demos. The Conversation Piece compilation contains no less than three versions: the original mono single version, the demo from The Mercury Demos, plus a previously unreleased solo demo. 'Conversation Piece' was re-recorded for Toy in 2000, but not released until 2002 on the 2CD version of Heathen (with the long and slightly inaccurate subtitle 'Written 1969 - Recorded 1970 - Re-recorded 2002'). The Toy 3CD contains three versions: album version (identical to the leaked version), Alternative Version (the Heathen bonus track) and Unplugged & Somewhat Slightly Electric Version.

Cool Cat (Queen): two alternate versions of this Queen track, featuring Bowie on vocals, are in circulation. The first was released on a Hot Space test pressing and appeared in rather poor quality (the tracks runs much too fast, it actually runs 3'48") on the Queen The Ultimate Collection - Rarities, Oddities And Cover Versions (Royalty Music RMCD 001) 2CD. A second, slightly different and higher quality version was leaked in 2013.

Cosmic Dancer (Bolan): this T-Rex cover was performed live with Morrissey in Los Angeles, Inglewood Forum, 06-02-91. Released in poor quality on the Morrissey APE 001 bootleg single. In 2020, a video of the performance was published on YouTube, followed by an streaming single.

Crack City (Bowie): from Tin Machine. An edit fading at 2'14" was included on a US advance cassette. Live versions are released on the EMI 12 MT 76 'Prisoner Of Love' 12"/CD-single (Paris, La Cigale, 25-06-89), Oy Vey, Baby video and several bootlegs from the 1989 and 1991/92 Tin Machine tours.

Cracked Actor (Bowie): from Aladdin Sane. An early/rough mix was included on a tape auctioned at Omega in 2019. A live version from Ziggy Stardust - The Motion Picture served as B-side for 'White Light/White Heat' (RCA 372). Also featured on David Live (the first Spanish pressing deliberately omitted this track) and Cracked Actor. As it was not only played in 1973 and 1974, but also in 1983, Serious Moonlight and most bootlegs from that tour contain this song as well. In 1999, 'Cracked Actor' was played occasionally on the short tour promoting the hours... album, and it was also played on some of the one-off concerts in 2000 (BBC Radio Theatre, London, June 27, 2000).

Criminal World (Goldwin/Browne/Lyons): a Metro cover from Let's Dance. B-side of 'Without You' (EMI B 8190).

Crystal Japan (Bowie): first released as a Japan only single (RCA SS-3270), but soon after it re-appeared as B-side of 'Up The Hill Backwards' (RCA BOW 9). This instrumental was reissued on Rare, the Rykodisc edition of Scary Monsters, All Saints and Re:Call 3.

Cygnet Committee (Bowie): from the 1969 Philips David Bowie; also see 'Lover To The Dawn'. A remix appeared on the 2019 edition of Space Oddity. The Moonage Daydream soundtrack features a largely instrumental Moonage Daydream Mix, which ends with a line from 'Lazarus'. The only available live version, released on Bowie At The Beeb and The Width Of A Circle, was recorded for the 1970 The Sunday Show.

The Cynic (Eistrup): from the Kashmir album No Balance Palace, featuring David on vocals. It was released as a single (Columbia 82876 801902 3), with Bowie also featuring in the video.

Cyclops (Bowie): see 'Running Gun Blues'.