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Looking for a Friend
by David Bowie

We're up for another dip into the Bowie archive today. As I've pretty much Juked all of his 'glam' era hits over the time I've been doing this, you'll find that I'm now posting a number of his more obscure recordings - some of which never saw the light of day on the record market - and a few from his late-Seventies non-'glam' batch of albums. (The latter collections of his work have never been my particular favourites in the Bowie catalogue, but that's not how I work here - I don't need to like a song in order to post it.)

There's only one properly cohesive account describing anything to do with this song, and that's at Chris O'Leary's marvellous Bowie website "Pushing Ahead of the Dame":


In the summer of 1971, David Bowie briefly fancied himself a starmaker, despite the fact that most of his own records hadn't sold and he was still mainly known as the singer of a novelty one-hit-wonder about the moon landings. That didn’t deter him from trying to build a stable of amateur singers and "celebrities", the primary inspiration being Andy Warhol's Factory.

His work with 'The Arnold Corns' [project] and his recruitment of Mickey King to sing "Rupert the Riley" were the first of these designs, but when Bowie showed up at the 'BBC' Paris Cinema Studios in early June for a radio broadcast by John Peel, he went the whole hog. This was Bowie's first radio appearance in over a year, but rather than just showcasing himself and his new band, he brought along four other singers - Mark Carr Prichard (from 'The Arnold Corns'), his old friends Geoffrey Alexander and George Underwood, and Dana Gillespie, for whom Bowie had just written "Andy Warhol". The resulting session was something of a 'glam' hootenanny, and as such is one of the odder moments of Bowie's career.

Prichard sang Bowie's "Looking for a Friend", which was slated as the B-side to the 'Corns' second single (never released). Prichard was the 'Corns' lead guitarist and would play on the studio recording of "Looking for a Friend" a few weeks later (while Freddi Buretti took over on vocals).


Obviously no chart info to give you concerning this track. It's just a case of sitting back and listening, and (for the uninitiated) deciding whether his very early stuff really suited your tastes or not. Put it this way - there's still more to come like this over the next few months.
1971 - United Kingdom - Recorded at Radio Luxembourg Studios but never released.
Posted: 5th December 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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