The classic David Bowie song he intended to give


david bowie wrote at such a prolific rate that he often gave away his creations. Most famously, his song “All the Young Dudes” was used to get Mott The Hoople’s career back on track, and Bowie also intended to give “Andy Warhol” before changing his mind.

Warhol was a figure of fascination for Bowie, who later portrayed the pioneering artist in the 1996 film Basquiat. When he wrote “Andy Warhol”, Bowie had not yet met the big boss of The Factory. However, the singer-songwriter had the opportunity to play it to him before its release, and Warhol was not very happy with the track.

Bowie later recalled, “I took the song to The Factory when I first came to America and played it to him, and he hated it. I hated it. He came [imitates Warhol’s blasé manner] ‘Oh, uh-huh, OK…’ then just walked away (laughs). I was left there. Someone walked up and said, ‘Well, Andy hated that.’ I said, ‘Sorry, that was supposed to be a compliment.’ – Yeah, but you said things about him that sounded weird. Don’t you know Andy has such a thing about his looks? He has a skin condition, and he really thinks people see that.

He added: “I was like, ‘Oh, no.’ It didn’t go so well, but I got to know it after that. It was my shoes that got it. That’s where we found something to talk about. It was those little yellow things. with a strap across, like girls shoes. He absolutely adored them. Then I found out he did a lot of shoe design when he was younger. He had a bit of a shoe fetish. That broke the ice . He was a weird guy.”

Originally, Bowie didn’t plan to record the track himself and put it on Hunky-dory. Instead, the performer hoped to give it to Dana Gillespie, whom he had known since she was 17. They had been sporadically romantically involved for many years but had never officially been in a relationship.

Gillespie was also a musician, and Bowie enlisted her to provide backing vocals on “It Ain’t Easy”. During this session, he allegedly suggested that she record “Andy Warhol” for his next album, but for unknown reasons the LP was delayed, and was not born a man won’t happen until 1973.

In the meantime, Bowie included his take on the track on Hunky-doryand it would be another two years before Gillespie shared his version on his record.

During an interview with Mojoshe later recalled how Bowie was a mentor to her in the mid-1960s. Gillespie said, “I was already in a band – I was the drummer – and he encouraged me a lot to write songs. He would show me guitar riffs and he would take me to Ready Steady Go!, where I met the producer. A little later I got a spot after Donovan, and it was David who suggested to do “Love Is Strange”, the old Mickey & Sylvia hit from the 50s. He showed me the bass line and everything. We had a little adventure but we were all very young, especially me.

However, in a later interview with The GuardianGillespie revealed that Bowie ended their friendship after his divorce from Angie. She recalled, “I got a call that said, ‘Are you still friends with Angie? Bye Bye.’ Lo and behold, I never heard from him again Obviously it hurt a bit but I felt more sorry for the likes of Ronno [Mick Ronson] who were devastated when Bowie got rid of them. David could be ruthless in the way he treated people. But to me, he was always the same David Jones I first knew, and I remember him very well.

Listen to Gillespie’s version of “Andy Warhol” below.

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