Tuesday 21 May 2019

David Bowie tracks 'which didn't make the cut' up for sale at auction

David Bowie (Yui Mok/PA)
David Bowie (Yui Mok/PA)

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David Bowie tracks which were rejected from his debut album - possibly because they were too quirky - are going under the hammer.

The four songs were recorded at Decca Studios in London, between 1966 and 1967, while the star was putting his self-titled, first record on tape.

Undated handout photo issued by Omega Auctions of David Bowie tracks, which were rejected from his debut album - possibly because they were too quirky - are going under the hammer. Omega Auctions/PA Wire
Undated handout photo issued by Omega Auctions of David Bowie tracks, which were rejected from his debut album - possibly because they were too quirky - are going under the hammer. Omega Auctions/PA Wire

The reel-to-reel tape will be sold for the first time and could fetch more than £10,000 at Omega Auctions.

Bowie expert Paul Kinder told the Press Association: "The four tracks on this tape didn't make the cut - possibly because they were too quirky - even for famously oddball early David Bowie recordings.

"One song, Bunny Thing, shows Bowie in full-on, presumably drug inspired or fuelled, weird mode.

"It's a beat poem about rabbits smuggling drugs, complete with in-character reminisces of an aged German bunny.

A limited vinyl edition of The World of David Bowie, on sale during the one-day event Decca 90: A Celebration, at the V&A in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 5, 2019. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire
A limited vinyl edition of The World of David Bowie, on sale during the one-day event Decca 90: A Celebration, at the V&A in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 5, 2019. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire

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"There's also a very solid and catchy R&B number, Funny Smile, (and) a version of totally weird music hall, mockney accent-heavy Pussy Cat...

"For Bowie fans - these tracks represent part of the 'holy grail' of unreleased recordings."

Another song, Did You Ever Have A Dream, went on Bowie's Another Face compilation.

The tape has not been sold before.

It will go under the hammer alongside other rare items of Bowie memorabilia at Omega Auctions on May 21 in Newton-Le-Willows.

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