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Don't Bring Me Down
by David Bowie


David Bowie selections seem to come around so quickly these days. Today's excellent track comes from the under-rated "contract filler" LP "Pin Ups" (1973), and was originally recorded by one of his Sixties music heroes, the group called 'The Pretty Things'. Here's "Medium" writer Philip Pendleton, a guy with a famous connection to the song, referring to it in both general terms and in relation to his father:


David Bowie and The Pretty Things
Philip Pendleton
Apr 6, 2015

Released in 1973, "Pin Ups" was David Bowie's seventh LP and was an album of cover versions of some of his favourite songs from the 1964 to 1967 period of the London music scene. It was planned to be the first of two "nostalgia" albums (the second was supposed to cover his favourite American artists, but the idea was later dropped). The iconic cover to "Pin Ups" shows Bowie with Twiggy - one of the very first supermodels and the face of British fashion in the Sixties.

"Pin Ups" featured two songs by 'The Pretty Things' and would go on to be a No. 1 in the UK Album charts. Both "Rosalyn" and "Don't Bring Me Down" are faithful renditions of the original recordings. Indeed, the album opener "Rosalyn" includes the slide guitar part as played by my father, Brian Pendleton, on the original recording.

"Pin Ups" was mainly turned towards the US market since "[Bowie] wanted to do songs that weren't known as well in the States as they were in England" (according to Wikipedia). As [the LP] demonstrates, David Bowie was undoubtedly both a fan of 'The Pretty Things' music and of the band's name.


UK chart placing above. It was also a decently-placed No. 23 hit in the US Billboard 200 album listings - outstanding given that many of the Sixties songs (and original Brit artists) may have been almost unheard of in the States at that time.
1973 - RCA Victor - United Kingdom - From the album "Pin Ups".
Posted: 15th August 2019
Born in 1954, leaving education by 1972, 'glam' was my thing, "Ziggy" Bowie my hero. I was even the only guy in my town with the haircut (though not the carrot red colouring!). Therefore every seventh selection is a Bowie track.
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