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Pretty Pink Rose
by Adrian Belew and David Bowie
(nb there's a better version of this over at Vimeo https://vimeo.com/219397468 )
The song started as a discarded Bowie demo from 1988 that Bowie sent to Belew in 1989, Belew was the musical director of Bowie's "retire the hits" 1990 sound and vision tour (he had previously played with Bowie on Stage and parts of lodger).
According to https://bowiesongs.wordpress.com/2012/08/15/pretty-pink-rose/ Belew initially found the track a little uninspired but performed some severe audio surgery on it, and in response to the new track Bowie wrote the lyric.
As noted by Chris O'Leary
"Pretty Pink Rose” is a brief taste of glam élan during Bowie’s bilious mid-life crisis. It’s also frustrating. Belew’s surgical repairs to the song showed that, in the hands of a musician with something at stake, Bowie’s sub-standard material could be restored to life. It makes one wonder how much of the banal music that Bowie released in the late Eighties had finer, if unborn incarnations. “Pretty Pink Rose” easily could have been a throwaway. Instead it was Bowie’s best single since “Absolute Beginners.”
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