Rejoice all David Bowie fans. A chunk of unreleased Bowie material is set to be aired in a new BBC4 documentary about the singer.
The demo of Bowie’s 1969 No 1 single ‘Space Oddity’ with alternative lyrics is one of the gems that is likely to be heard officially for the first time during the screening of The People’s History of Pop, due for broadcast in July.
During the show, presenter Danny Baker was given access to a version of Bowie’s 1967 novelty comedy single ‘The Laughing Gnome’ featuring Bowie ‘swearing’ in its sped-up vocals.
Also played, was Bowie’s demo of the Frank Sinatra’s classic ‘My Way’. So why did Bowie have a version of the track? Before Sinatra released the song in 1969, a group of songwriters, that included Bowie, were commissioned to write English lyrics for the original song ‘Comme D’Habitude’ (which translates to ‘As Usual’) written by French songwriter Claude François.
As we now know, Sinatra went on to choose the lyrics written by Paul Anka. Bowie later admitted that although his lyrics were rejected, his 1971 hit ‘Life On Mars?’ was certainly influenced by his involvement with ‘My Way’.
A BBC spokeswoman told NME: “The programme is still being made, but we can confirm that there will be some rare and special Bowie material in it.”
A large amount of unreleased David Bowie material is known to exist, including an album entitled ‘Toy’ which he recorded in 2001.
In 2015, an album of unreleased material was included in Bowie’s box-set ‘Five Years’, covering his music from 1969-1973. A second volume of his box-sets is rumoured to be released this autumn.
The People’s History Of Pop is a four-part BBC4 series covering music fans’ recollections of 1956-1996.