David Bowie - Diamond Dogs 1974

Diamond Dogs is a concept album by David Bowie, originally released by

RCA in 1974. Thematically it was a marriage of the novel 1984 by George Orwell and Bowie’s own glam-tinged vision of a post-apocalyptic world. Bowie had wanted to make a theatrical production of Orwell's book and began writing material after completing sessions for his 1973 album Pin Ups, but the late author’s estate denied the rights. The songs wound up on the second half of Diamond Dogs instead where, as the titles indicate, the 1984 theme was prominent.

Though the album was recorded and released after the 'retirement' of Ziggy Stardust in mid-1973, and featured its own lead character in Halloween Jack ("a real cool cat" who lived in the decaying "Hunger City"), most commentators regard Ziggy as still very much alive in Diamond Dogs, noting in particular Bowie’s haircut on the cover and the glam-trash style of the first single "Rebel Rebel". As in some songs on Aladdin Sane, the influence of The Rolling Stones was also seen in the chugging title track. Elsewhere, however, Bowie appeared to have moved on from his earlier work with the epic song suite, "Sweet Thing"/"Candidate"/"Sweet Thing (Reprise)", whilst "Rock 'n' Roll With Me" and the Shaft-inspired wah-wah guitar style of "1984" provided a foretaste of Bowie's next, 'plastic soul', phase. The original vinyl album ended with the juddering refrain "Bruh-bruh!", a corruption of "(Big) Brother", repeating insistently ad infinitum.


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