David Bowie unreleased songs to be auctioned
Tape featuring three rare songs expected to sell for more than £10,000
One of the David Bowie songs is described as “a beat poem about rabbits smuggling drugs, complete with in-character reminiscences of an aged German bunny”. Photograph: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images
A reel-to-reel tape featuring three esoteric and previously unreleased David Bowie songs is to be auctioned later this month. It features four songs recorded in 1966 and 1967 that were earmarked for Bowie’s debut album, but ultimately rejected.
The tape is expected to sell for more than £10,000 (€11,000) at an auction on Merseyside in England on May 21st.
One song, Bunny Thing, is described by Bowie expert Paul Kinder as “a beat poem about rabbits smuggling drugs, complete with in-character reminiscences of an aged German bunny”. He added: “There’s also a very solid and catchy R&B number, Funny Smile, and a version of totally weird music hall, mockney accent-heavy Pussy Cat. For Bowie fans, these tracks represent part of the holy grail of unreleased recordings.”
Another song, Did You Ever Have a Dream, has been released before, on the 1981 compilation Another Face.
The tracks date from a confused and often overlooked period of Bowie’s career, when he was blending vaudeville and music hall songs with the guitar-pop of swinging London. “I didn’t know if I was Max Miller or Elvis Presley,” Bowie once said – it wouldn’t be for another two years, and the release of Space Oddity, that Bowie’s glam rock persona would start to emerge.
Other unreleased songs from this era appeared in 2018 on the bootleg album Occasional Dreaming, and in April, Parlophone officially released Spying Through a Keyhole, a box set of seven-inch singles collecting rare late 1960s demos. – Guardian