Watch an enhanced version of David Bowie’s “Top Of The Pops” performance of “Starman”


An enhanced version of David Bowie’s 1972 performance of ‘Starman’ on top pops was shared on his 50th birthday.

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On July 6, 1972, Bowie made his debut on the legendary television show, performing his first single and putting on one of the most beloved television performances of all time.

After the audio of ‘Starman (Top Of The Pops Version, 2022 Mix)’, a version of the song recorded for the performance, was shared last month to mark the 50th anniversary of the late icon’s fifth studio album, ‘The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars’ enhanced video has now also been shared.

Commenting on the performance, Marc Riley of BBC Radio 6Music said: “There is no doubt that Bowie‘s appearance on top pops was a pivotal moment in British music history. Like the Sex Pistols at Manchester’s Lesser Free Trade Hall in 1976, his performance sparked fire for thousands of children who until then had struggled to find catalyst in their lives.

Watch the new version of the performance below.

To celebrate its half-century anniversary, Parlophone Records has released a limited-edition, half-speed vinyl reissue of “The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars” which was released last month (June 17).

In 1972, the rules of the Musicians’ Union stipulated that to appear on top pops the artist must re-record their track and – in this case – sing live over it.

This unreleased version of “Starman” takes the backing track (recorded at Trident Studios in London) and backing vocals, with a unique Bowie ad-lib “Hey Brown Cow”, recorded for the show.

“Starman (Top Of The Pops Version, 2022 Mix)” was created by “Ziggy Stardust” co-producer Ken Scott earlier this year from the original BBC multitracks.

Elsewhere, Mattel has released a new David Bowie-inspired Barbie doll to mark the recent 50th anniversary of the late icon’s fourth studio album, ‘Hunky Dory’.

The American toymaker paid tribute to Bowie for the first time in 2019 with a doll reflecting the singer’s “Space Oddity” era.

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