BG-8271 Loving The Alien (Re-Mixed Version)
Produced by David Bowie, Derek Branble, Hugh Padgham
Released on May 1985
UK CHART POSITION #17
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BG-8271 w. gatefold sleeve
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W hen this came out, it was like Ashes To Ashes all over again. Or so I thought. I confess to losing interest in Bowie after Letís Dance, but the video for this song reminded me of the old, unsettling, uncomfortable Bowie I initially fell for. Bought Tonight right after that. Oops. The first three singles from Tonight (Blue Jean, Tonight, this) represent the sum and substance of that album. Everything after it is incidental, even Donít Look Down. The re-mix of the B side is a little squishier than the original, the re-mix of the A side has some neat string arrangements at the end and cuts off a coupla minutes. Loving the Alien remains my favorite track from Tonight, because I see the ghost of Station in its bitter beauty. Itís also one of the more nicely packaged singles I own.

BG-8271 back cover
BG-8271 back cover

TRACK LISTING

  1. LOVING THE ALIEN (RE-MIXED VERSION)    (David Bowie)    4:43
  2. DON'T LOOK DOWN (RE-MIXED VERSION)    (Iggy Pop/James Williamson)    4:04

    12-inch single track listing
  3. LOVING THE ALIEN (EXTENDED DANCE MIX)
  4. DON'T LOOK DOWN (EXTENDED DANCE MIX)
  5. LOVING THE ALIEN (EXTENDED DUB MIX)

CREDITS

Steve Thompson -- re-mix, additional production
Michael Barbiero -- re-mix
Shoot That Tiger -- art direction & design
Steve Rapport -- photography

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK May 1985 EMI America 7" EA-195 gatefold picture sleeve
UK May 1985 EMI America 7SHA EAP-195 shaped picture disc
UK May 1985 EMI America 12 12EA-195 gatefold cover, poster
UK May 1985 EMI America 12PIC 12EAP-195 picture disc
US/CAN May 1985 EMI America 7" BG-8271 gatefold picture sleeve
AUS'L   EMI 7" AMI-1484 gatefold picture sleeve
AUS'L   EMI 12 ED-106  
GER 1985 EMI 7" 1C 006 200599-7 gatefold picture sleeve

 

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