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Listen to David Bowie Take Over BBC Radio 1 for Two Hours in 1979

Guest DJ Set Featured Some of His Favorite Songs at the Time

Jan 12, 2016 David Bowie
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On March 20, 1979 David Bowie took over England’s biggest radio station, BBC Radio 1, for two hours to play some of his favorite songs at the time on a show called Star Special. The entire broadcast is up on YouTube and in honor of the musical icon’s death late Sunday we are posting it below (via Deep House and Dangerous Minds). During the broadcast Bowie played songs by friends (Iggy Pop, John Lennon), along with tracks by other artists both contemporary and older. His current album at the time was Lodger, the last of his Berlin Trilogy and released just two months after the show. Lodger fittingly features the song “DJ” (that’s a still from the video above and the video is also below), although Bowie didn’t play that song, instead cueing up the one-two punch of Lodger songs “Boys Keep Swinging” and “Yassassin.” Below is the full tracklist for the broadcast.

As we previously reported yesterday, Bowie passed away late Sunday after an 18-month battle with cancer. His death came as something of a shock, as his cancer diagnosis was not made public and on Friday he just released a critically praised brand new album, Blackstar (styled as ★), which was also Bowie’s 69th birthday.

David Bowie Star Special Tracklist:

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”


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