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1974 - "Diamond Dogs" (AUS/NZ)
1. Future Legend
2. Diamond Dogs
3. Sweet Thing
4. Candidate
5. Sweet Thing (reprise)
6. Rebel Rebel
7. Rock 'N Roll With Me
8. We Are The Dead
9. 1984
10. Big Brother
11. Chant of the Ever Circling Skeletal Family


Diamond Dogs
was Bowie's highest Australian charting album of the 1970s.

According to Go-Set, the album topped the Australian chart for two weeks (on the 17th and 24th of August) although The Kent Report (for which our chart positions are based) seems to indicate a peak position of AUS #3.

Diamond Dogs was also the first Bowie album not to be delayed locally - in fact it appeared ahead of the UK and US.

The rumours of Bowie appearing down under never materialised. With the exception of 3 Canadian dates, the accompanying tour was exclusively American.

Country Released Chart Entry Chart HP (WI)
UK June 8, 1974   1 (17)
US June 8, 1974   5 (25)
AUS   June 3, 1974 3 (31)


Rebel Rebel


In April, 'Rebel Rebel' was released well in advance of the album reaching
AUS #29 and staying 22 weeks on chart. Although it did not match the success of 'Sorrow', the song remains very popular on radio to this day.



Australian issue of 'REBEL REBEL'.
(RCA Victor 102417)
Backed by 'Queen Bitch'.


Australian issued sheet music.
Scan sent in by Anthony.


In New Zealand, the song climbed to number 16, staying 6 weeks on chart.

NZ issue of 'REBEL REBEL'
(RCA Victor LBPO-5009). Scans sent in by Chas.



Diamond Dogs



'Diamond Dogs' was the follow up single in Australia (AUS #66). Released in June, it featured an exclusive edit (2'58") as against the full album length (6'03") which was released overseas.

Australian issue of 'Diamond Dogs' (1974).
(RCA Victor 102462)
Backed by 'Holy Holy'. Scans sent in by Anthony.



Exclusive E.P.



In November, 'Rebel Rebel' was issued again in Australia now as an exclusive four track EP with picture sleeve. This included a card picture sleeve, a wrap around and a total of 3 different label configurations.

Australian issue of 'Rebel Rebel' EP (1974).
Backed by 'Queen Bitch', 'Sorrow' and 'Amsterdam'



Lulu

In 1974, David Bowie planned to write and produce an entire album for English recording artist Lulu.

No album was released, however, Lulu's version of 'The Man Who Sold The World' backed by 'Watch That Man' was released as a single. Written, produced and musically backed by David Bowie and his band, the single entered the Australian chart in May but stalled at AUS #81 during a 9 week chart run. It did not match the success of the UK where it went to number 3. Lulu's biggest local success remains to be 'To Sir With Love' which topped the AUS charts in 1968.

 

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