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According to Nick Pegg's 'The Complete David Bowie', Bowie himself played guitar on 'Rebel Rebel'. Whilst it's hardly difficult to play and DB could have handled it, I'd always assumed that it was Mick Ronson. The timing and the sound are totally Ronson.

Was it Bowie after all?

Dr. C (Dr. C), Sunday, 1 September 2002 16:51 (eighteen years ago) link

Funny, every time I hear "Rebel Rebel" I think the timing and sound are totally Keith Richards. Still, classic tune.

wl, Sunday, 1 September 2002 19:23 (eighteen years ago) link

You know of course that the crowd noises on the intro to "Diamond Dogs" were lifted wholesale from the Faces' "Coast To Coast/Overture For Beginners" live album. Thus after DB screams "This ain't rock 'n' roll - this is GENOCIDE!" Rod the Mod can clearly be heard greeting the crowd with "Al-roight?" Kind of defuses the intended apocalyptic scenario.

Marcello Carlin, Monday, 2 September 2002 08:18 (eighteen years ago) link

I thought DB played all the guitar on Diamond Dogs.

Damian (Damian), Monday, 2 September 2002 08:35 (eighteen years ago) link

eighteen years pass...

So the US single version of this is very different, with lots of backwards echo, annoying backing vocals and sort of funky/Latin percussion - and half the running time is taken up with the outro. It's completely uncommercial!

Are Animated Dads Getting Hotter? (Tom D.), Sunday, 18 July 2021 19:33 (two weeks ago) link


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