Diamond Dogs (6:02)

Cover of The Best of David Bowie 1969-74

From The Best of David Bowie 1969-74 and 16 other releases

“Diamond Dogs” is a 1974 single by David Bowie, and the title track of the album of the same name.
The lyric introduces the listener to Bowie’s latest persona and his environment; Halloween Jack dwells on top of tenement buildings in a post-apocalyptic Manhattan. The guitar sound is heavily influenced by The Rolling Stones, and signalled Bowie moving away from glam rock and closer to a proto-punk Stooges-influenced sound.

The track was considered by many commentators to be an unconventional single, and only reached UK #21. According to NME critics Roy Carr and Charles Shaar Murray, “As a potential hit single, the title track from Diamond Dogs was something of a non-event. Too long, too bleak in vision, too tough to dance to… you know the drill.”

While it failed to make the US charts, the song became a central part of Bowie’s North American tour in 1974.

The B-side was a version of Bowie’s 1971 single “Holy Holy”, re-recorded during the Ziggy Stardust sessions the same year.

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