Simply Seventies #2 (1971)


Over the next ten days or so I’m going back to the 1970s with the Jemtunes series ‘Simply Seventies‘. The idea is is to post a track from an album released in each year of the decade saying a bit about the song and why you picked it. It’d be great if fellow bloggers did the same on their blogs – all I ask is that you include a ping-back to Jemtunes so that I can see your choices.

1971 – “Oh you pretty things” from Hunky Dory by David Bowie

Hunky Dory was David Bowie’s fourth studio album, recorded that summer but released in December. It was the first release through RCA and in a list produced in 2010, Time Magazine named it as one of the best albums of all time. The cover shot was influenced by Marlene Dietrich.

Even though he wrote it, David Bowie wasn’t the first to release ‘Oh you pretty things’. That honour belongs to Peter Noone from Herman’s Hermits. David Bowie played piano on the single. I actually prefer the Peter Noone version, if only because it goes straight into the kick line. But there you go. Each to their own.


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