David Bowie "Absolute Beginners"
By Mark Nobes, chief editor
This "Doo-Wap" style track features on the 80s album Absolute Beginners: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack and was also released as a single in 1986, reaching #2 in the UK. However, the song wasn't very successful in the U.S. and stalled at #53 in the Billboard Hot 100.The soundtrack album features is a great mix of late 50s pop-swing-jazz stylings, with some tracks also containing some Latin influences. Other notable artists on the album who were successful during the 1980s are actress Patsy Kensit (you may remember her band Eighth Wonder) who sings "Having It All" (not the greatest voice, but never mind) and the band Sade, who's track "Killer Blow" is definitely a highlight of the album.
Bowie on the cover of The Face in May 1983
7 Inch Vinyl Single (UK) Virgin VS 838
A. Absolute Beginners -5:35
B. Absolute Beginners Dub Mix - 5:37
12 Inch Vinyl Single (UK) Virgin VSG 838-12
A. Absolute Beginners (Full length Version) - 7:58
B. Absolute Beginners (Dub Mix) - 5:36
CD Single (UK) Virgin CDF 20
1. Absolute Beginners (Full Length Version) - 8:03
2. Absolute Beginners (Dub Mix) - 5:40
A 3 inch CD single (CDT 20) was also released with the same tracks as the standard CD single.