10 Responses to 1965 Outtakes

  1. Bill Luther says:

    “That’s A Promise” was cut at the famous R.G. Jone’s studio in Morden, Surrey, U.K. where the original demo of “The London Boys” was cut (which sadly hasn’t made it onto the bootleg circut).

  2. On bootlegs there seems to be confusion regarding whether the song is called “Baby,” “That’s a Promise,” or “Baby, That’s a Promise.” Has any consensus been formed?

  3. AC Walker says:

    Any reason why Ruud’s otherwise-impeccable discography lists the extant copy of That’s a Promise as a 1966 Bowie and the Buzz recording whilst Pegg has it as a 1965 Lower Third? Just wondering if there are any opinions as to which of them is correct.

    • col1234 says:

      i think it’s a matter of the info just not being there, so all are reduced to educated guesses. I side with Pegg, as it sounds like a Lower Third track rather than a Buzz one, and the song’s relative crudeness, composition-wise, is more ’65 than ’66. Also, Bowie played it in a BBC audition in November ’65, which cemented my decision to put it next to “Glad I’ve Got Nobody” in the book.

  4. col1234 says:

    in retrospect this is by far the most half-assed post I ever did on this blog. & man, was I in a sour mood the morning I wrote it, evidently.

    • Vinnie M says:

      Haha. “[A]ll leading up to the most half-assed guitar solo recorded in the ’60s.”

      Your prose is fantastic where appropriate, but these songs surely don’t deserve much more. On the contrary, I would find it hilarious if you re-wrote and over-wrote this post, turning them into your another “The Motel”-length thought. Really ham it up and get as many unnecessary quotes as possible. I’m sure you could find something related to a serial-stalker in England circa 1965, and how the song reflects the time (etc.) Turn it into an hour’s read!

      Or don’t. Just don’t.

  5. billter says:

    Why is Al Gore playing with Bowie’s hair?

  6. leonoutside says:

    “I’ll Follow You” as a stalker pledge holds up. John Fowles wrote “The Collector” in 1963, and it was turned into a film in 1965. The book is a sensational, haunting read. It could well have influenced our man at 18.

  7. leonoutside says:

    “Glad I’ve got nobody”. A literal reading, just of the title, if you take The Bard’s play on words, has the meaning, “Glad I’m invisible to others”. I know the lyric doesn’t support that – he clearly means someone else. Well Atleast twice he does. But with Bowie it’s good that there’s atleast one other meaning.

  8. leonoutside says:

    Also on John Fowles, he wrote “The Magus” in 1965. Together with Jean Paul Satre’s short story “The Childhood of a Leader”, the soundtrack of the movie of the same name, based around both books, is by Scott Walker.

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