DAVID BOWIE IS to release a double A-side vinyl single with Television’s Tom Verlaine to mark Record Store Day. The 7-inch is one of two special offerings from The Dame created for the annual celebration of the world’s independent record shops, which this year takes place on Saturday, April 18.
The clear vinyl split single features both artists’ versions of the song Kingdom Come – Verlaine’s original from his 1979 self-titled solo album and Bowie’s cover version, which saw him apparently attempting to do the song in the style of Ronnie Spector, recorded for Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) a year later. Listen to the two versions below.
The second release is a picture disc of Changes with a photograph by Brian Ward taken from the Hunky Dory album shoot, and backed by the GEM Promo version of Eight Line Poem. The latter originally appeared in 1971 on a split LP release with Dana Gillespie on GEM Records, which featured seven songs by Bowie on one side and five from the singer/actress on the reverse.
Most of Bowie’s contributions appeared on Hunky Dory a few months later, but the GEM Promo Edition – so named because of its generic white outer and inner sleeves and ‘matrix number’ BOWPROMO 1A-1/1B-1 – featured different takes and mixes of those songs, along with the track Bombers which was not released for another 20 years.