On May 20, 1979 – two days after the release of Lodger David Bowie, along with a pile of his favorite records, took the reins at BBC Radio One. For two hours Bowie ran through and commented on a eclectic array of sounds; those of his influences, his contemporary peers and artists he himself had, by 1979, no doubt influenced. It’s a great mix in and of itself, only made sweeter by Bowie’s candid commentary.

Set and playlist after the jump . . .

The Doors – Love Street / Iggy Pop – TV Eye / John Lennon – Remember / ? & The Mysterians – 96 Tears / Edward Elgar – The Nursery Suite (extract) / Danny Kaye – Inchworm / Philip Glass – Trial Prison / The Velvet Underground – Sweet Jane / Mars – Helen Fordsdale / Little Richard – He’s My Star / King Crimson – 21st Century Schizoid Man / Talking Heads – Warning Sign / Jeff Beck – Beck’s Bolero / Ronnie Spector – Try Some, Buy Some / Marc Bolan – 20th Century Boy / The Mekons – Where Were You? / Steve Forbert – Big City Cat / The Rolling Stones – We Love You / Roxy Music, – 2HB / Bruce Springsteen – It’s Hard To Be A Saint In The City’ Stevie Wonder – Fingertips / Blondie – Rip Her To Shreds / Bob Seger – Beautiful Loser / David Bowie – Boys Keep Swinging / David Bowie – Yassassin / Talking Heads – Book I Read / Roxy Music – For Your Pleasure / King Curtis – Something On Your Mind / The Staple Singers – Lies

Related: The Unofficial Bowie: A Conversation Piece

One Response to “David Bowie :: Two Hour DJ Set / BBC Radio One – May 20, 1979”

  1. thanks for sharing this. of course his taste was spot on, but he’s a damn fine dj too. brilliant little segues into the music, and so generous with praise for these artists

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