David Bowie - Ashes To Ashes (12" Single) 1980, Germany

David Bowie - Ashes To Ashes (12" Single) 45RPM

(RCA Victor PC 9631)

Released 1980, RCA Victor Label, manufactured in Germany

Single sleeve.


Track Listing

Side 1

Track 1: Ashes To Ashes - 4.21

Side 2

Track 2: Alabama Song - 3:50



"Ashes to Ashes" is a song written and recorded by David Bowie. It was the lead single from the 1980 album Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) and became Bowie's second UK No. 1 single. It is also known for its innovative video, directed by Bowie and David Mallet, which at the time was the most expensive music video ever made.

The lyrics revisit Bowie's Major Tom character from 1969's "Space Oddity" in a darker theme, which he referenced once again in 1995 with "Hallo Spaceboy". The song's original title was "People Are Turning to Gold".

Interviewed in 1980, Bowie described the song as "very much a 1980s nursery rhyme. I think 1980s nursery rhymes will have a lot to do with the 1880s/1890s nursery rhymes which are all rather horrid and had little boys with their ears being cut off and stuff like that." Years later, Bowie said that with "Ashes to Ashes" he was "wrapping up the seventies really" for himself, which "seemed a good enough epitaph for it.

AllMusic critic Dave Thompson described the track and its accompanying music video as "a very deliberate acknowledgement of the then-burgeoning new romantic scene.

It was ranked as the 5th best single of 1980 by the NME magazine.


(information sourced from wikipedia)

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David Bowie - Ashes To Ashes (12" Single) 1980, Germany

SKU: 22
  • Artist: David Bowie

    12" Single: Ashes To Ashes (Single sleeve)

    Label: RCA Victor, PC9631

    Year: 1980

    Country: Germany

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  • Used.

    Single Sleeve in very good condition.

    (see pictures)

    Internal sleeves, Generic in very good condition.

    Vinyl in very good condition, play tested, no jumps etc, usual crackling, but nothing to affect listening pleasure.

    Sleeve and records have been very well looked after and are in very good condition. Very Good copy.

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