The Bowie Crash Course


  1. This is all the music that I own and/or have ready access to. It should cover all the work of note. It leaves out some collaborations and side projects.
  2. I reserve the right to add items as I come across them, but I’m not deleting anything unless I can’t find it – a rare occurrence in this Internet age.
  3. It’s happening in this order.
  4. I’ve already seen many – possibly too many – of Bowie’s films. I’m picking and choosing there.
  5. I’ve also read more than one book about him already, so this is a small selection.

Book: Strange Fascination: David Bowie, The Definitive Story by David Buckley

Single: Liza Jane (as Davie Jones with the King Bees, 1964)

Single: I Pity the Fool (as the Manish Boys, 1965)

Single: You’ve Got a Habit of Leaving (as Davy Jones & the Lower Third, 1965)

Single: Can’t Help Thinking About Me (as David Bowie with the Lower Third, 1966)

Single: Do Anything You Say (1966)

Single: I Dig Everything (1966)

David Bowie (1967)

Single: The Laughing Gnome (1967)

Space Oddity (1969)

Single: The Prettiest Star (1970)

an interlude with Anthony Newley

The Man Who Sold the World (1970)

Hunky Dory (1971)

Single: Holy Holy (1971)

Singles: Moonage Daydream/Hold On to Yourself/Man in the Middle (Arnold Corns versions) (1971)

Single: Velvet Goldmine (1971)

Live/Compilation: Bowie at the Beeb (1968-1972)

The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1972)

Live: Santa Monica ’72 (1972; released 2008)

Film: Velvet Goldmine (1998, but set in the 1970s!)

Single: John, I’m Only Dancing (1972)

Single: All the Young Dudes (Mott the Hoople and Bowie versions (1972)

Aladdin Sane (1973)

Film: Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (filmed 1973, released 1983)

Film: The Sacred Triangle (documentary, 2010)

Pin Ups (1973)

Single: Round and Round (1973)

Single: Port of Amsterdam (1973)

Diamond Dogs (1974)

David Live (1974)

Young Americans (1975)

Station to Station (1976)

Low (1977)

“Heroes” (1977)

TV/Single: Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy (with Bing Crosby) (1977)

Stage (live, 1978)

Lodger (1979)

Single: John, I’m Only Dancing (Again) (1979)

Single: Alabama Song (1980)

Book: David Bowie: Starman by Paul Trynka

Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) (1980)

Single: Crystal Japan (1980)

Single: Under Pressure (with Queen)

Single: Cat People (Putting Out Fire) (1982)

Bertholt Brecht’s Baal (1982)

Film: Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (1983)

Let’s Dance (1983)

Tonight (1984)

Single: This Is Not America (with the Pat Metheny Group) (1985)

Single: Dancing in the Street (with Mick Jagger) (1985)

Soundtrack: Absolute Beginners (1986)

Film and Soundtrack: Labyrinth (1986)

Never Let Me Down (1987)

Film: The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)

Tin Machine (1989)

Single: Fame ’90 (1990)

Tin Machine II (1991)

Single: Real Cool World (1992)

Tin Machine Live: Oy Vey Baby (1992)

Black Tie White Noise (1993)

The Buddha of Suburbia (1993)

Outside (1995)

Film: Basquiat (1996)

Earthling (1997)

Single: Pallas Athena (as Tao Jones Index, 1997)

Live Album: Birthday Celebration, Live in NYC (1997)

Film: Birthday Celebration, Live in NYC (1997)

Single: Without You I’m Nothing (with Placebo, 1999)

Live Album: VH1 Storytellers (1999)

‘hours…’ (1999)

Film: Mr. Rice’s Secret (2000) – can’t find it! 😦

Film: Moulin Rouge (2001; a large part of the soundtrack is Bowie homage)

Soundtrack: Moulin Rouge (2001)

Heathen (2002)

Reality (2003)

Live Album/Concert Film: A Reality Tour (2003, released 2010)

Film: The Prestige (2006)

The Next Day (2013)

Single: Sue (Or in a Season of Crime) (from Nothing Has Changed, 2014)

New! Cast Album: Lazarus (2016)

Blackstar (2016)

There’s a whole lot more information here.