Sacrifice Yourself (Bowie/H. Sales/T. Sales): the B-side of 'Under The God' (EMI MT 68) also appeared as an extra track on the Tin Machine CD. Played on the 1989 (Live At La Cigale) and 1991/92 Tin Machine tours (Oy Vey, Baby video).
Safe (Bowie/Gabrels): also known as '(Safe In This) Sky Life' or simply 'Sky Life'. Recorded in 1998 for inclusion on the Rugrats soundtrack, but dropped from the soundtrack when the scene for which is was intended was deleted from the movie. The original version, which reunited Bowie with Tony Visconti after a long hiatus, appeared in three variations on an in-house promo cassette (as 'Skylife'), but otherwise remains unavailable. In 2002, a Heathen re-recording with completely different lyrics was released as a "secret B-side" on BowieNet; later, it also appeared as a B-side on the 'Everyone Says 'Hi'' CD single (ISO/Columbia 673134 2). A longer version (5'53" vs 4'44") is featured on the Heathen SACD, which unfortunately is playable only on dedicated players.
Saviour (Young): in 2002, Kristeen Young distributed a number of promo CDR's of her new album Breasticles. One of the tracks on it was 'Saviour', a duet with David Bowie. It was not until a year later that the album was finally released in Portugal. Meanwhile, David had re-recorded a different vocal and it was this new version that ended up on the album.
Saviour Machine (Bowie): from The Man Who Sold The World. On the rare German 'round cover' version of this album, a small piece of the intro of this song fades in as 'The Supermen', the last track of the album, fades out. These "secret" extra six seconds of 'Saviour Machine' are elsewhere unavailable. A reel-to-reel tape featuring an early take with a guide vocal (labelled as The Invader) was auctioned in 1990 at Sotheby's. Metrobolist, the 2020 edition of The Man Who Sold The World, contains a remix.
Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) (Bowie): released in edited form (3'27" vs 5'10") as the third single (RCA BOW 8) from the album with the same name. The single version was not reissued until 2002, on the Greek, UK and US editions of Best Of Bowie; it has also appeared on The Platinum Collection and Re:Call 3. An alternative version is released on Vampires Of Human Flesh (Midnight Beat MBCD 021) and in March 2009 a 45 second excerpt of a demo was aired on WNYC Soundcheck. Featured on the 1983 (Serious Moonlight), 1987 (Glass Spider), 1995/96 (No Trendy Réchauffé) and 1997/1998 (Look At The Moon!) tours. Performed together with Frank Black on the 50th birthday concert in New York, Madison Square Garden, 09-01-97. A live performance on Saturday Night Live (02-08-97) was released on Saturday Night Live - 25 Years Of Musical Performance Vol. 1 and another version recorded at Chicago Trax, 16-10-97 is found on ONXRT - Live From The Archives Vol. 8.
Scream Like A Baby (Bowie): from Scary Monsters; B-side of 'Fashion' (RCA BOW 7). Musically this song is based on the Astronettes' 'I Am A Laser' from 1973, which eventually appeared more than twenty years later on the Ava Cherry And The Astronettes album People From Bad Homes. An alternative version is released on Vampires Of Human Flesh (Midnight Beat MBCD 021). This song didn't make it further than the rehearsals for the 1987 Glass Spider tour. Featured as such on New York's A Go Go (DOW 001/002) and Rotterdam Rehearsals (The Spiders Mart SPI 1).
Season Folk (Bowie): from the Ernie Johnson rock opera.
The Secret Life Of Arabia (Bowie/Eno/Alomar): from "Heroes".
Sector Z (Rustic Overtones/Gutter): Bowie sings the chorus on this track from Rustic Tones' Viva Nueva. This album also features 'Man Without A Mouth', which has backing vocals from David.
See Emily Play (Barrett): a Pink Floyd song covered on Pin Ups.
Sell Me A Coat (Bowie): one of the more outstanding tracks from David's the debut album. A tape with several takes of 'Sell Me A Coat' from the album sessions was auctioned at Omega in 2019. A remix, containing prominent vocal overdubs from Hermione Farthingale and John Hutchinson, appearing on the Love You Tuesday soundtrack LP. This remix was not released on CD until the 1997 The Deram Anthology 1966-1968; in 2010, it reappeared on the Deluxe Edition of David Bowie. The Love You Till Tuesday film features a 'video clip' from the song. See Early Works section.
Sense Of Doubt (Bowie): from "Heroes"; B-side of 'Beauty And The Beast' (RCA PB 1190). Stage, Live In Berlin (1978) and Welcome To The Blackout contain live performances of the song.
Seven (Bowie/Gabrels): issued as the third single from hours... The version used in the Omikron game is different from the album version, but very similar to the Demo that appeared on the CD-single (Virgin 7243 8 96928 2 2). An in-house promo CDR supplied to the makers of the games featured separate instrumental and vocals takes of this early version. On CD-single, a Marius de Vries Mix and Remix By Beck were released. In-house promos circulate containing unreleased variations of the Marius de Vries Mix, all of which are noticably slower (closer to the original) than the released version. A master mix dated 30-04-00 lasts 4'51" and contains several lines from 'Sorrow', which were replaced by la-la's in the released version. The 2004 US reissue of hours... contains the Demo, whereas the Limited 2CD Edition features the Demo, Marius de Vries Mix and Beck Mix #1 and #2 (the latter previously unreleased except for an in-house promo). The Marius de Vries Mix also featured on Nothing Has Changed. Re:Call 5, finally, includes the Demo and Marius de Vries Mix. Played on the short promotional tour for that album and on the very few concerts in 2000. Live versions from 1999 are found on the 'Survive' CD-single (Paris, Elysée Montmartre, 14-10-99; Virgin 7243 8 96487 0 6)/Something In The Air, the 'Seven' 3CD-single (New York, Kit Kat Klub, 19-11-99; Virgin 7243 8 96929 2 1)/At The Kit Kat Klub and on VH1 Storytellers. Furthermore, a BBC live version from 2000 is featured on BBC Radio Theatre, London, June 27, 2000, the bonus disc of Bowie At The Beeb.
Seven Years In Tibet (Bowie/Gabrels): in Europe, an Edit (4'01" vs 6'21") was released as a fourth single from Earthling (BMG/RCA 74321512542); reissued on Re:Call 5. The Mandarin version is discussed under 'A Fleeting Moment'. A different 4'14" Single Edit appeared on a Radio Singles promo cassette. Both the video clips of the English and the Mandarin versions are available on the Best Of Bowie DVD. Performed together with the Foo Fighters on Bowie's 50th birthday concert, and played on the consecutive Earthling tour (liveandwell.com, Look At The Moon!).
Sex And The Church (Bowie): from The Buddha Of Suburbia.
Shadow Man (Bowie): a famous outtake from 1970-71, released on the Shadow Man (Past Masters PM 8901) bootleg CD. A studio quality version of this demo, possibly remastered by EMI, surfaced around 1998. An excellent version was re-recorded for Toy. Two versions unofficially appeared long before its release in 2021: one on the leaked version of the album and a slightly different mix on Mike Garson's MySpace site. In 2002, a remix with an additional string section was officially released on the 'Slow Burn' CD-single (ISO/Columbia COL 672744 2). Ahead of the Toy 3CD, an Unplugged & Somewhat Slightly Electric Version was released as a digital single, with the 1970 demo finally officially released as its B-side (as Early Version). The 3CD contains two additional versions: album version (which again is slightly different from both unofficial versions) and Alternative Version (the Heathen B-side). The Toy re-recording was done justice by being included on the 3CD edition of Nothing Has Changed, in a version that fades up the intro and shaves a few seconds from the song.
Shake It (Bowie): from Let's Dance and B-side to the 'China Girl' single (EMI EA 157). On the 12" (EMI 12 EA 157), a Remix (called Long Version on some other issues) was released. The latter was officially re-released only in 2018, on Dance from the Loving The Alien set.
Shakin' All Over (Kidd): a Tin Machine live interpretation of this song (Newport, Leisure Centre, 01-07-89) appeared on the 'You Belong In Rock 'N' Roll' 12" (London/Victory LONX 305) and special CD-single in tin can (London/Victory LOCDT 305). Another live version was released on the Now (TM 721/722) 2CD.
Shapes Of Things (Samwell-Smith/McCarthy/Relf): a Yardbirds song from the Pin Ups cover album.
(She Can) Do That (Bowie): this cooperation with BT appeared exclusively on the Stealth soundtrack. In 2016, Kristeen Young posted a demo on YouTube, featuring herself on backing vocals.
She Shook Me Cold (Bowie): a track appearing on The Man Who Sold The World. The 2020 edition of The Man Who Sold The World features a remix.
She'll Drive The Big Car (Bowie): from Reality, but only occasionally played on the 2003/04 tour. A live version nevertheless appeared on the tour edition of Reality.
She's Got Medals (Bowie): from the 1967 David Bowie album. See Early Works section.
Shilling The Rubes (Bowie): until 2009, this was known only as an working title of Young Americans. In that year, the song turned up on a reel auctioned at eBay. See the forum for more information and a sound sample.
Shining Star (Makin' My Love) (Bowie): the version on the Never Let Me Down CD is a minute longer than the LP version (5'04" vs 4'03"). The edit was released as part of the 'vinyl edition' of Never Let Me Down, while a previously unreleased 12" Mix was part of the Never Let Me Down EP; both are also found on Loving The Alien. A remake appeared on Never Let Me Down 2018. 'Shining Star' was rehearsed for the Glass Spider tour (appearing on New York's A Go Go (DOW 001/002)), but never actually performed.
Shopping For Girls (Bowie/Gabrels): from Tin Machine II. An slightly different mix surfaced as part of the Tin Machine II outtakes. Issued also on several Tin Machine 1991/92 live boots. On 08-01-97, 'Shopping For Girls' was part of the BBC ChangesNowBowie program, featuring semi-accoustic versions of his songs. This performance has been released on the Divine Symmetry (DB1) CD.
Shout (Bowie): this track, built around samples from 'Fashion', was released on 12" (Nebula NEBT038) in two versionsOriginal Mix and Phazon Dub. A US promo 12" (Spirit Recordings SOLARIS007) included the Ziggy Free Instrumental. The Original Mix later was reissued on Club Bowie; an in-house promo CDR of this compilation included both the Original Mix and Phazon Dub.
Silly Boy Blue (Bowie): a demo of this song, recorded with The Buzz in 1965, was released as B-side of the bootleg single of 'That's A Promise' (THE BOZZ 220486). The official version appeared on the untitled 1967 debut album, the B-side of the 1973 German 'The Laughing Gnome' single (Decca DL 25600) and of course on a countless number of compilation albums. A tape with several takes of 'Silly Boy Blue' (plus 'Sell Me A Coat' and 'Please Mr. Gravedigger') from the album sessions was auctioned at Omega in 2019. An acoustic demo from 1967 is included in incomplete form on The Riot Squad compilation The Last Chapter: Mods & Sods. This demo appeared in a longer version (3'18" vs 2'57") and in slightly better sound quality on The Toy Soldier EP (Acid Jazz AJX329S). In 1967 and 1968 Bowie recorded 'Silly Boy Blue' for BBC radio; the 1967 Top Gear recording can be found on the Deluxe Edition of David Bowie, whereas the 1968 Top Gear performance has officially been released on Bowie At The Beeb. In 2000, 'Silly Boy Blue' was re-recorded for Toy, which was finally officially released in 2021. The 3CD contains the album version (identical to the leaked version), the Tibet Version (prepared for the Tibet Benefit Concert; see below) and an Unplugged & Somewhat Slightly Electric Version. The 'Karma Man' digital single additionally features an Alternative Ending Mix. Together with a/o Tony Visconti, Moby and a choir of Tibetan monks, David performed the song live at the Tibet Benefit Concert (New York, Carnegie Hall, 26-02-01). This performance has been released on Jewel (Tube TUCD 033).
Silver Treetop School For Boys (Bowie): demoed in 1967 and long believed to be lost. An Essex Music acetate was offered in 2004 on eBay, but was not sold. A recording of this poor-quality acetate now circulates among collectors. An acetate with a second version (in much better quality) was sold in 2021 at Wessex Auction Rooms. The 2012 Riot Squad compilation The Last Chapter: Mods & Sods contains two versions ('Silver Tree Top Jam' and 'Silver Tree Top - School for Boy's'), probably recorded at rehearsals, but these do not feature David on lead vocals. The Toy Soldier EP (Acid Jazz AJX329S) contains a 1'53" excerpt of the 'Silver Tree Top Jam', now properly titled 'Silver Treetop School For Boys'.
Sister Midnight (Bowie/Pop/Alomar): before being released on Iggy Pop's The Idiot, 'Sister Midnight' was performed live occasionally on Bowie's 1976 Station To Station tour. Live versions can be found on the Vancouver Rehearsals (Haunting KCS 8993) LP or the Transition (GEMA BOW 007) CD, and on One Magical Moment (Magsta DB 76). Revived unexpectedly for a handful of dates of the 2003/04 Reality tour. Released on the A Reality Tour 2CD/DVD; a video from the Isle of Wight Festival (13-06-04) is available exclusively through iTunes.
Sleeping Next To You (Bowie/Bolan): rehearsals for the 1977 Marc Show were released on both Alarm (Gravedigger TVC 15 GEMA A-8149) and, more complete, on Sleeping Next To You (Funny Tunes M 5416). The eventual 30 seconds of the song, as transmitted on the "Marc" TV-show, were issued as 'It's Going To Be Me' on Ziggy 2 (Dragonfly Tune In 002). Also see 'Madman'.
Slip Away (Bowie): scheduled to appear on the unreleased Toy album as 'Uncle Floyd'. Newly recorded and re-titled to 'Slip Away', it eventually appeared on Heathen. A slightly longer version (6'14" vs 6'04") appears on the SACD of that album. Played live on the Heathen and Reality tours. A live version from the latter is found on the A Reality Tour 2CD/DVD.
Slow Burn (Bowie): released as the first single (ISO/Columbia COL 672744 2) from Heathen. An Edit (3'55" vs 4'43") was available on the Japanese single (Sony SICP-162) and several promos (i.e. Columbia/ISO PRCD 98654), before being released widely on most editions of Best Of Bowie and Nothing Has Changed. A longer version (5'04") is released exclusively on the Heathen SACD. The promo video features a very short 2'17" edit. Performed live on several TV shows and on the Heathen mini tour.
Sky Life: see 'Safe'.
A Small Plot of Land (Bowie/Eno/Gabrels/Garson/Kizilcay): from 1. Outside and played on the following tour. A short and very different version, reportedly close to Bowie's prototype, appeared on the Basquiat soundtrack. The full length version of the latter (3'14" vs. 2'49"), which a chanted 'No, no, won't fly' introduction, initially appeared only on an in-house promo cassette. In 2004, the Basquiat version was reissued on the Limited 2CD Edition of 1. Outside. The version with the longer intro appeared as Long Basquiat Soundtrack Version on Re:Call 5.
So She (Bowie): bonus track on the Deluxe edition of The Next Day and The Next Day Extra.
Social Kind Of Girl (Bowie): also known as 'Social Girl'; released only on acetate backed by 'Everything Is You'. A recording circulates among collectors.
Some Are(Bowie/Eno): released as a bonus track on the Rykodisc re-release of Low. The version Philip Glass recorded for his Low Symphony closes the All Saints compilation.
Somebody Up There Likes Me (Bowie): released on Young Americans in 1975. Musically, this song was already conceived in 1973, as 'I Am Divine' from the Ava Cherry And The Astronettes album People From Bad Homes turned out to be a prototype. An early take is included on The Gouster, part of the 2016 Who Can I Be Now? box set. This version had previously appeared on the Absolutely Rare bootleg. A 1974 live version is released on I'm Only Dancing.
Something I Would Like To Be: this song is rumoured to be recorded for the 18-12-67 Top Gear session, but according to the liner notes of Bowie At The Beeb and several other sources this is incorrect. Instead, it probably should be considered a false title for 'In The Heat Of The Morning'.
Something In The Air (Bowie/Gabrels): from hours... The song is also featured in the Omikron: The Nomad Soul game in the same version (but the Omikron mix has a bad edit at 4'15"). An in-house promo CDR supplied to the makers of the games featured separate instrumental and vocals takes of an early version of the song; these circulate among fans. An American Psycho Remix appeared on the soundtrack of the same name, whereas a 2'24" excerpt of this remix appeared on a French remix sampler of the American Psycho soundtrack. The American Psycho Remix was included as a bonus track on the US and Limited 2CD Edition reissues of hours... and on Re:Call 5. Performed live for the first time in Paris, Elysée Montmartre, 14-10-99, on a short tour promoting hours..., which was released in 2020 on the Something In The Air album. A live version from New York, Kit Kat Klub, 19-11-99 was released on the 'Seven' CD-single (Virgin 7243 8 96929 2 1)/At The Kit Kat Klub.
Something Happens (Blunstone): supposedly an outtake from 1971 and circulating for decades in appalling sound quality; released on Starman Over The Rainbow (Savage Hippo SH 118). In 2008, it was exposed as 'Something Happens When You Touch Me', a song written and performed by Colin Blunstone. This particular version was recorded for the BBC in the mid-1970s and released in 1995 on the album Live In Concert At The BBC. Also see 'Oh! Darling'.
Song For Bob Dylan (Bowie): from Hunky Dory. The count-in and start of a studio takewas broadcast in the 'Exploring Life On Mars' BBC Radio 2 programme in 2017. Played on 1971 and 1972 live dates and on the 1971 In Concert BBC session. This song was released on the B-side of some mispressings of 'Rebel Rebel' (RCA BOW 514) from the 1983 Lifetimes single reissue series, erroneously replacing 'Queen Bitch'.
Sons Of The Silent Age (Bowie): from "Heroes". Performed as a duet with Peter Frampton on the Glass Spider tour and released in two live versions on the Glass Spider DVD.
Sorrow (Feldman/Goldstein/Gottehrer): originally performed by the McCoys, but a big hit for the Merseys. Bowie's version was released as a single (RCA 2424) from Pin Ups. The version performed on the "1980 Floor Show", sung llive to a backing track, was slightly longer than the album version (3'00" vs. 2'54"). This performance is released in best quality on Absolutely Rare (no label). Played live on 1974 Soul Tour (I'm Only Dancing) and the 1983 Serious Moonlight tour (released on the video). The latter was also released on vinyl as a B-side of the 40th Anniversary Edition 'Sorrow' picture disc (Parlophone DBSOZ 4030).
Sorry (H. Sales): sung by Hunt Sales, it appeared on Tin Machine II. Two longer takes surfaced in 2008. A completely different version had previously seen the light of day on a number of 1989 Tin Machine live bootlegs.
Soul Love (Bowie): from Ziggy Stardust. A two-reel set with an early mix was auctioned at Omega in 2019. A 1978 live version of this song was released as a single from Stage in Japan only (RCA SS-3166). Another 1978 live version was released on Welcome To The Blackout. Also played on a few gigs of the 1973 US tour (Aladdin Sane Watch That Man (MIW 7 MW 7)) and on both of the Brussels try-outs in 1983 (Serious Moonlight Tour '83 (ETS 2536/7/8)).
Sound And Vision (Bowie): the first single from Low (RCA PB 0905). Released in the US on promo 12" (RCA JT-10965) in the RCA Segue Series. A David Richards 1991 remix was released on the Rykodisc version of Low. 808 State too remixed the song and released a 808 Giftmix and 808 'Lectric Blue Remix Instrumental on the David Bowie vs 808 State 12"/CD-single (Tommy Boy TB/TBCD 510/TBCD 510). A 1'50" reworking, originally featured in a Sony’s Xperia Z advertisement, was released as a digital download titled 'Sound And Vision 2013'; its only release in lossless form is on a promo CDR-single. A 0'40" excerpt was released on the Lazarus soundtrack. On the 1978 World Tour, 'Sound And Vision' was played just once, in London, Earl's Court, 01-07-78. This live version appeared on RarestOneBowie and later, in much better sound quality, on Welcome To The Blackout. Also performed on the 1990 Sound + Vision and 2002 Heathen tours, and occasionally on the 2003/04 Reality tour.
South Horizon (Bowie): a jazzy instrumental from the Buddha Of Suburbia.
Space Oddity (Bowie): four versions exist in a multitude of variationsdemos, the original Love You Till Tuesday film version, the Space Oddity album version and a 1979 re-recording; the Italian version is discussed separately as 'Ragazzo Solo, Ragazza Sola', but added to the summary below for completeness sake.
No less than five different demos are known. An incompletely preserved demo, played solo by David and presumed to be the earliest, is found on Spying Through A Keyhole. On the other demos, David is accompanied by John 'Hutch' Hutchinson. The earliest of these too is found on Spying Through A Keyhole, while a version with lyrics more similar to the released version appeared on the Space Oddity 40th Anniversary Edition and Clareville Grove Demos. Yet another demo, probably recorded between the previous two, was broadcast in bits and pieces in the following documentaries: David Bowie series (BBC Radio 1, 1976), The Peoples History of Pop (BBC 4, 2016), Finding Fame (BBC 2, 2019) and One Giant Step (BBC Radio 2, 2019); the fragment from the 1976 broadcast appeared in poor quality on Naked And Wired (GEMA BOW 005). The complete version ultimately appeared in 2019 on the Conversation Piece compilation. The best known demo, recorded between the two studio versions, was first bootlegged in 1987 on The Beckenham Oddity (Leisure Records 005). This demo was officially released on the Sound + Vision 3CD and, with a longer introduction, on The Mercury Demos. All five demos have been compiled on Conversation Piece.
The original studio version, also featuring John Hutchinson, was recorded for the Love You Till Tuesday promotional film. An edit (3'45") appeared on the Love You Till Tuesday soundtrack, The Marquee 30 Legendary Years (Polydor 840010-2) and ultimately on The Deram Anthology. The full-length version (4'31") was released later on the Love You Till Tuesday CD and compilations such as London Boy. An 4'22" alternative take of this version was released on Conversation Piece.
The 1969 Space Oddity album version (5'14"), also released as a single (Philips BF 1801), is probably best known. In most countries the single was in mono, but the Dutch and Italian singles (both Philips 704 201 BW) are in stereo. Edits of the album version are found on the UK Philips BF 1801 7" (4'33"; mono), the US Mercury 72949 7" (3'23" mono; also available on the 1969 Mercury DJ-133 promo and 1972 US RCA EP-45-103 promo 7" EP), the 1969 US Mercury DJ-156 promo 7" (stereo, with a different ending than the mono version), the 1973 US RCA 74-0876 promo 7" (3'53") and, most recently, on the The Singles 1969 To 1993 compilation (3'31"). The LP version, segued into the single version of 'Ashes To Ashes', was released as a US promo 12" (The Continuing Story Of Major Tom, RCA DJL1-3795) in 1980. In July 2009, 40 years after the original single release, a digital Space Oddity EP neatly wrapped three edits previously unavailable in digital form and added the 1979 re-recording (see below). As a bonus, it included eight stems/multi-tracks which allowed the user to remix the song. The total running time of each of the stems was 5'31", effectively adding a previously unheard 15 seconds to the song. The Nothing Has Changed and Legacy compilations feature an inauthentic stereo version of the UK single edit. In 2019, the Space Oddity album was remixed by Tony Visconti and released both as a standalone album and as part of the Conversation Piece set. The 5'21" 2019 album version was preceeded by a 4'43" Single Edit, released both as a 7" EP (Parlophone 0190295473792) and a digital download. The version of 'Space Oddity' on the Mr. Deeds soundtrack starts with the first lines "sung" by Adam Sandler. A more interesting version is found on the soundtrack of The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty, which features a virtual duet with Kristen Wiig.
In 1979, a newly recorded semi-acoustic version of the song (performed on Kenny Everett's New Year's Eve Show on 31-12-79) was released as B-side of the 'Alabama Song' single (RCA BOW 5), which re-appeared on the Rykodisc Scary Monsters CD. The mix on the Rykodisc reissue is slightly different, lacking the panning of the acoustic guitar in the intro and adding 3.5 seconds of silence after the line 'And may God's love be with you'.
An early example of a video clip of the original version is featured on the Love You Till Tuesday film. The 5'03" video clip of the Space Oddity version was shot in 1972 and has been released on The Video Collection and the Best Of Bowie DVD.
Summarizing, more or less in chronological order:
'Ragazzo Solo, Ragazza Sola' (Italian version):
Unfortunately, there are no live recordings available prior to the 1972 Ziggy Stardust tour, with the exception of a mimed performance on Hits A Go Go (02-11-69, on Remember60's Vol. 4) and a live performance at the Ivor Novello Awards (10-05-70, on 40 Jaar Top 40 1969-1970). Recorded for BBC radio on the 1972 Johnnie Walker Lunchtime Show (released on Bowie At The Beeb). Live versions from 1972, 1973, 1974, 1983 and 1990 are found on bootlegs and the official Live Santa Monica '72, Ziggy Stardust - The Motion Picture , David Live (2005 edition only) and Cracked Actor albums and Serious Moonlight. Everybody assumed 'Space Oddity' was played live for the very last time at Bowie's 50th birthday concert (New York, Madison Square Garden, 09-01-97; a/o 50th Birthday Bash (BPCD 973282-1/2)), but surprisingly it was later revived at the Tibet House Freedom Benefit (New York, Carnegie Hall, 22-02-02) and at Horsens, Friluftsscenen Lunden, 05-07-02.
Speed Of Life (Bowie): from Low; B-side of 'Be My Wife' (RCA PB 1017). Live versions appear on Stage and Welcome To The Blackout. This instrumental was not played live again until the 2002 Heathen mini tour.
Star (Bowie): released on Ziggy Stardust. A reel-to-reel studio tape demo recording, given to singer Les Payne for him to cover, was auctioned at Christies in 2000, whereas an early mix was included on a tape auctioned at Omega in 2019. A live version from Stage was released on a white vinyl promo 12" in the US (RCA DJL1-3255), whereas another 1978 live version appeared on Welcome To The Blackout. Opener of the European leg of the Serious Moonlight tour.
Starman (Bowie): released as the first single from The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars. In the US and Canada (RCA 74-0719) and Portugal (RCA TP-656), a slightly edited version (4'05" vs 4'16") was used; only the Canadian single is in stereo. Two different mixes of the album version are available, with the instrumental A to G section just before the chorus mixed in either very prominently ("loud mix") or rather subdued (other editions, including the original US). The loud mix appeared on the UK edition and only a few other pressings of Ziggy Stardust. Both mixes were released as singles, e.g. the UK album version in the UK (RCA 2199) and the Netherlands (RCA 74-16180) and the US album version on later pressings of the Japanese single (RCA SS-2197). The German single (also RCA 74-16180) is unique in featuring the US album version fading out earlier at 3'58". The loud mix was used for the K-tel The Best Of Bowie LP and on the 40th Anniversary Edition picture disc (EMI DBSTAR 40), but up to 2014 all reissues of Ziggy Stardust and all CD compilations featuring 'Starman' used the subdued version. This changed when the 'original single mix' finally appeared on Nothing Has Changed and Re:Call 1. A tape with a early mix was sold at Omega in 2019. An instrumental, probably used as the backing track for the 1972 Top of the Pops performance, has been released on Naked And Wired (GEMA BOW 005) and Starman Over The Rainbow (Savage Hippo SH 118). An in-house promo CDR of Club Bowie featured a Metrophonic Remix of 'Starman', but this mix was dropped from the official release. Recorded for BBC radio on the 1972 Johnnie Walker Lunchtime Show (released on Bowie At The Beeb). The famous performance on Top Of The Pops was officially released on the Best Of Bowie DVD and as B-side to the 40th Anniversary Picture Disc (EMI DBSTAR 40). The song was performed throughout the 1972 UK tour (Bowie With Reed (DB72-5-4/DB72-7-8)), on the 1973 Japanese tour (A Cat From London (YOU J-003)), sporadically on the Sound + Vision tour (ie. Live In Japan (Beech Marten CD 011)), during the gigs in 2000 (Glastonbury 2000, expanded edition of BBC Radio Theatre, London, June 27, 2000) and 2002 (a/o Cold Station (BOW1007/2002)) and again only occasionally on the Reality tour.
The Stars (Are Out Tonight) (Bowie): the second single from the The Next Day. Initially available as a download single only, but released on a white vinyl 7" (ISO/Columbia 8 88837 04917 7) on Record Store Day 2013. The promo video was released on The Next Day Extra.
Stateside (Bowie/H. Sales): a number from Tin Machine II, sung by Hunt Sales. Four alternate takes surfaced in 2008. A BBC studio version was released on the of 'Baby Universal' CD-single (London/Victory LOCDT 305) and later compiled on the Japanese Radio Session. Live versions from New York, Academy Theatre, 29-11-91 and Hamburg, Docks, 24-10-91 are found on the Oy Vey, Baby CD and video respectively.
Station To Station (Bowie): opening piece of the album with the same name. An extremely edited version (from 10'13" to 3'37") appeared on a very rare French factory sample (RCA 42549). This edit, which eliminates the entire first part of the song, was reissued on the Singles Versions EP included with the Deluxe Edition of Station To Station and on on Re:Call 2. Opener of the 1976 tour (Live Nassau Coliseum '76) and also played in 1978 (Stage, Welcome To The Blackout), 1983 (Serious Moonlight), 1990, 2000 (Glastonbury 2000) and 2004.
Stay (Bowie): released almost halved (3'21" vs 6'07") as the third single from Station To Station in the US (RCA PB 10736) and several other countries outside the UK. The edit has been reissued on the Christiane F soundtrack and on the Singles Versions EP included with the Deluxe Edition of Station To Station. An updated version was released as 'Stay '97' on Is It Any Wonder?. The Rykodisc reissue of Station To Station contained a live version, recorded in Uniondale, Nassau Coliseum, 23-03-76. The same performance was later included on Live Nassau Coliseum '76. Other live versions appear on the 2005 edition of Stage, Welcome To The Blackout, Look At The Moon!, At The Kit Kat Klub, BBC Radio Theatre, London, June 27, 2000 and Glastonbury 2000. Besides in 1976, 1978 and 2000, 'Stay' was also played live in 1983, 1990, 1997, 1999 and 2002.
Strangers When We Meet (Bowie): first issued in 1993 on The Buddha Of Suburbia. An alternate, slightly longer (5'10" vs 4'58") version appeared exclusively on a Dutch promo cassette. In 1995, a newly recorded version was released as the second single from the 1. Outside album, complete with accompanying 4'11" video. A 7" single was released on green vinyl (Virgin/RCA 74321 329407). There are two variations of the promo video, a "violent version" and "clean version"; the first was released on the Best Of Bowie DVD. The CD-single (RCA/BMG 74321 32940 2) contains an Edit (4'19" vs 5'07") of the 1. Outside version, while a US Virgin DPRO-11062 promo CD-single contains a Buddha Of Suburbia Edit (4'10" vs 4'58"). The Outside Edit has reappeared on the 3CD edition of Nothing Has Changed and Re:Call 5. Played live on the Outside (No Trendy Réchauffé) and Earthling tours.
Subterraneans (Bowie): from Low. Played live (together with Nine Inch Nails) on the US leg of the Outside tour and on several 2002 concerts.
Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime) (Bowie/Schneider/Bateman/Bhamra): released as a 10" and digital single from Nothing Has Changed. The single also features a Radio Edit, which was included only on the single disc Japan/Argentina editions of Nothing Has Changed. A re-recording appeared on Blackstar.
Suffragette City (Bowie): from The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars. Released as a single from ChangesOneBowie in 1976 (RCA 2726). It had previously appeared on 7" as B-side of the 'Starman' single (RCA 2199) and in a David Live version on the flip of 'Young Americans' (RCA 2523). Besides played in 1972, 1973 and 1974, it was also played for the BBC in 1972 (see BBC Performances and Bowie At The Beeb) and featured on the 1976, 1978, 1990 and 2003/04 tours. Other officially released live versions are found on Live Santa Monica '72, Ziggy Stardust - The Motion Picture, Cracked Actor, I'm Only Dancing, Live Nassau Coliseum '76, the 2017 Edition of Stage and Welcome To The Blackout.
Sunday (Bowie): from Heathen. A Moby Remix is available on the bonus disc of the 2CD version; on the Heathen Sampler, this remix has been edited from 5'10" to 3'09". A Tony Visconti Mix appeared on the EC 'Everyone Says 'Hi'' (ISO/Columbia 5099767307625) and Canadian 'I've Been Waiting For You' (Columbia 38K 003369) CD-singles. Played live in on the Heathen and Reality tours. A live version is included on the A Reality Tour 2CD/DVD.
The Supermen (Bowie): originally released on The Man Who Sold The World. The 2020 edition of the album (aka Metrobolist) features a remix by Tony Visconti. A demo is available on The '69 Tapes (Quality Productions QCP 69006). An acoustic version appeared on the 1972 Revelations - A Musical Anthology For Glastonbury Fayre 3LP (Revelation REV 1-3). This version was re-released in a 'rougher' mix (also with a different stereo spectrum) on the Rykodisc version of Hunky Dory and the 30th Anniversary Edition of Ziggy Stardust. Live versions are released on the Sound + Vision Plus CD-Video single (reissued on the 30th Anniversary Edition of Aladdin Sane) and Live Santa Monica '72 CD. Played live for the BBC on the 1970 Sound Of The Seventies, and in 1971 on the In Concert and Sound Of The Seventies sessions; see BBC Sessions for more info. After being performed at 1970/71 live dates (except for the BBC recordings, only Aylesbury, Friars, 25-09-71 is available), 'The Supermen' was a certainty on the 1972 Ziggy Stardust shows. It was dropped after the US 1973 tour (Aladdin Sane Watch That Man (MIW 7 MW 7)), but made a re-appearance 24 years later on the ChangesNowBowie program and the US leg of the Earthling tour. The final live performances were on selected dates of the Reality tour.
Survive (Bowie/Gabrels): this track first appeared on the Une Rentrée 99 sampler given away with the French music magazine "Les Inrockuptibles". The version used in the Omikron: The Nomad Soul game is identical to the hours... version. An in-house promo CDR supplied to the makers of the games featured separate instrumental and vocals takes. 'Survive' was released as the second UK single from hours... in two partsCD1 (Virgin 7243 8 96486 0 7) features a Marius de Vries Mix and a video clip, while CD2 (Virgin 7243 8 96487 0 6) has a live performance of the song (Paris, Elysée Montmartre, 14-10-99), both in audio and video. This concert was released in its entirety in 2020 as Something In The Air. The Marius de Vries Mix later reappeared on the 2004 US and Limited 2CD Edition re-releases of hours..., Nothing Has Changed and Re:Call 5. While the promo video on the 'Survive' CD-single is accompanied by a 3'30" edit of the album version, the promo on the Best Of Bowie DVD uses an 3'30" edit of the Marius de Vries Mix. Best Of Bowie features a video of the live version as an easter egg. Also played on 2000 and 2002 concerts; official live versions are found on the VH1 Storytellers, At The Kit Kat Klub and BBC Radio Theatre, London, June 27, 2000.
Sweet Head (Bowie): released as an extra track on the Rykodisc Ziggy Stardust. The version (Take 4) on the 30th Anniversary 2CD Edition of this album contains an additional half of minute of studio banter.
Sweet Jane (Reed): performed at the Save The Whale concert, in London, Royal Festival Hall, 08-07-72, with Lou Reed as guest singer. This performance has been released as an extra track on Cocaine Adds Life (Swastika 1-8-15-4-DB) and more recently on the Japanese Bowie With Reed (DB72-5-4/DB72-7-8) 2CD.
Sweet Thing (Bowie): from Diamond Dogs. Played live only on the Diamond Dogs tour, featuring on David Live and Cracked Actor. The Collection features a version that fades out before the 'Candidate' section starts.
Sweet Thing (Reprise) (Bowie): part three of the Sweet Thing/Candidate/Sweet Thing (reprise) sequence on Diamond Dogs. Unaccredited on David Live until the 2005 reissue.