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1973 - "Pin Ups" (AUS/NZ)
1. Rosalyn
2. Here Comes The Night
3. I Wish You Would
4. See Emily Play
5. Everything's Alright
6. I Can't Explain
7. Friday On My Mind

8. Sorrow
9. Don't Bring Me Down
10. Shapes Of Things
11. Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere
12. Where Have All The Good Times Gone

Pin Ups charted for 36 weeks in Australia - much longer than the UK or US.

The lead single - Sorrow - seems to have particularly engaged with downunder audiences, achieving the number one position in both countries - a first for Bowie.

Although the album concept was based around 1960s British covers, Pin Ups also included a cover of 'Friday on My Mind' by Australian band The Easybeats (they had been deeply involved in the UK scene).

Country Released Chart Entry Chart HP (WI)
UK Sept 3, 1973   1 (21)
US Sept 3, 1973   23 (21)
AUS   Dec 3 , 1973 4 (36)


'Sorrow' spent 2 weeks at AUS #1 and 24 total weeks on chart. Backed by 'Amsterdam' (a Ziggy Stardust album out take), it was Australia's 16th biggest single of 1974.

Australian issue of 'SORROW'
(RCA Victor 102383)
Backed by 'Amsterdam'

In New Zealand, the song spent 3 weeks at NZ #1 and 15 weeks on chart total.

NZ issue of 'SORROW'
(RCA Victor 60642). Scans sent in by Chas.

The Laughing Gnome

A month after the release of 'Sorrow', Bowie's former record company De ca decided to release Bowie's old novelty song 'The Laughing Gnome' on our local market. In New Zealand, the song matched the UK chart position of #3 but in Australia, it stalled at #57.


A unique Pin Ups sampler was released in New Zealand featuring 'Rosalyn', 'Where Have All The Good Times Gone' and DJ intro's. Issued by the RCA Record Club, it was housed in a fold-out picture sleeve with a message to the subscribers of the Club. Recent prices on are indicating in the region of £400 (almost $1000 AU) for this item.

NZ 'Pin Ups' Sampler 1973.
Scans sent in by Anthony.


Also charting in 1973 was another song with relation to Bowie - The Rolling Stones' 'Angie'. Allegedly a reference to Bowie's wife, the song topped the Australian chart for no less than 7 weeks toward the end of the year.


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