And now, a brand new song from David Bowie

Yes, THAT Bowie.

Back in 2001, Bowie was planning to release an album called Toy. He was something of a high at the time, having performed a triumphant set at the 2000 Glastonbury Festival. Time to capitalize on the rush with some recording.

Bowie went into the studio with his band, Mark Plati, Sterling Campbell, Gail Ann Dorsey, Earl Slick, Mike Garson, Holly Palmer, and Emm Gryner (Yes! A Canadian), to take a stab at songs that he’d had around from 1964-71. The goal was to record this album the old-fashioned way: The band all in the studio at the same time performing live. The best takes would be used for the album. The whole process was to take mere weeks, if not just days.

Unfortunately, that wasn’t possible. The mechanisms to record and release an album with such speed just didn’t exist. When those frustrations got too much, Bowie moved on and abandoned an album that he’d called Toy. The sessions that followed became the Heathen album. Toy became regarded as a great lost album.

Now it’s time to revisit those Toy sessions. This is from Bowie’s co-producer, Mark Plati: “Toy is like a moment in time captured in an amber of joy, fire and energy. It’s the sound of people happy to be playing music. David revisited and re-examined his work from decades prior through prisms of experience and fresh perspective – a parallel not lost on me as I now revisit it twenty years later. From time to time, he used to say ‘Mark, this is our album ’ – I think because he knew I was so deeply in the trenches with him on that journey. I’m happy to finally be able to say it now belongs to all of us .”

To be fair, this isn’t going to become as a surprise to the diehard as the Toy was leaked online in 2011. And Toy won’t be released on its own–at least not yet. Fans will have to buy the entire Brilliant Adventure (1992-2001) box set when it comes out on November 26.

Meanwhile, we have this first single.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

6 thoughts on “And now, a brand new song from David Bowie

  • October 9, 2021 at 11:52 pm

    Being a Bowie fan naturally when the cd is released, I’ll buy it. Parts of the song seems to find its way in other recordings. His catalog of music is tremendous. I’M 66 YEARS OLD, and still enjoy his music.

  • October 10, 2021 at 3:37 am

    This is not a new song. David first sang it in 1965.

    • October 10, 2021 at 8:30 pm

      Yes they’re apparently going to be all reinterpreted from past albums

  • October 10, 2021 at 4:59 pm

    I’m a huge David Bowie fan. Saw him perform live on The Sound Vision Tour. Awesome!! Of course I’m going to listen and buy new Bowie music. This song seems familiar. I liked it. Can’t wait for it to come out on November. I miss him, his music, his light and his smile.

  • October 11, 2021 at 5:34 pm

    Just anything new from the Bowie back catalogue is brilliant.
    It is known he recorded most shows that he did, would be nice for some of that to come out especially the 1974 period in America.


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