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David Bowie – Cat People (Putting Out Fire) (Australia 12″ Ltd. Edition)

Posted by DjPaulT on March 21st, 2013

BURNING THE GROUND EXCLUSIVE 1982

A. Sleeve

Side A

 

“Cat People (Putting Out Fire)” is a song by David Bowie, the title song of the 1982 film Cat People. It was written by Bowie with producer Giorgio Moroder.

The director Paul Schrader engaged Bowie for a theme song in 1981, with Moroder having already recorded most of the music. Bowie was to put lyrics to the main theme. The words only had a basic relation to the film.

The song itself, in keeping with the dark tone of the film, has some slight goth rock influences, with Bowie singing in a deep baritone croon while being backed up by a female chorus, a combination that The Sisters of Mercy would commonly employ years later.

Because of Moroder’s contract, the single was issued by MCA. The full-length 6:41 version appeared on the soundtrack album, and the 12″ single, while a 4:08 edited version was made for the 7″ release. The single reached #26 in the UK, and #67 in the US – Bowie’s biggest hit there since “Golden Years”. It peaked at #1 in New Zealand, remaining there for three weeks, as well as in Sweden for four weeks. It was also #1 in Norway for seven consecutive weeks, and then returned to the top for a further week.

The single was released three separate times by MCA. First with “Cat People” as the A-side, then again two months later with “Paul’s Theme” as the A-side, and finally in November 1982 with “Cat People” back on the A-side. Hungarian-born composer Sylvester Levay contributed to the orchestration.

In 1983, Bowie re-recorded the song for his album Let’s Dance. This version was also released as the B-side to the title track’s single release, and performed on Bowie’s Serious Moonlight Tour. He had originally planned on using the original version of the song, but MCA Records refused to license it, as Moroder was under contract to them at the time, and they were not about to let a competing label–EMI America–to use a song by one of its artists on their project.

Special note about this single: Although the disc label gives a duration of 6:41 for side B, this 12″ contains an over 9 minute long extended version. According to some sources the Australian 12″ was mistakenly pressed with this longer version, and remains up to now unreleased in any other form.

 

SIDE A:
Cat People (Putting Out Fire) (7″ Version) 4:08

SIDE B:
Cat People (Putting Out Fire) (Extended Version) 9:21

VINYL GRADE:
Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint (Company)

CHARTS:

Year Single Chart Position
1982 Cat People (Putting Out Fire) U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #67
1982 Cat People (Putting Out Fire) U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play #14
1982 Cat People (Putting Out Fire) U.S. Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks #9

 

RELEASE INFORMATION:
Label: MCA Records ‎– DS 12087
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 45 RPM, Limited Edition
Country: Australia
Released: 1982
Genre: Electronic
Style: Synth-pop
Credits: Producer – Giorgio Moroder
Written-By – D. Bowie*, Moroder*

NOTES:
Taken from the soundtrack “CAT PEOPLE”
Side B version is exclusive to this release.

Find The 12″ On DISCOGS

Side B

EQUIPMENT USED:
Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut III
Cartridge: Ortofon Super
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 30
Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp
Soundcard: ESI Juli@
VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Brother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Scanner

SOFTWARE USED:
Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Adobe Photoshop CS5
ClickRepair
dBpoweramp
Playlist Creator

RESTORATION NOTES:
All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
Downsampled to 24bit/96kHz and16bit /44kHz using iZotope RX Advanced 2
FLAC (Level Eight)
MP3 (320kbps)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi

PW: burningtheground

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52 Responses to “David Bowie – Cat People (Putting Out Fire) (Australia 12″ Ltd. Edition)”

  1. Chwee Says:

    Just in time to celebrate the return of David Bowie! Love this track! ~ Chwee

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Yep and his new album “The Next Day” is fabulous! I suggest it to everyone 🙂

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    Chwee Reply:

    Got my copy already! 😉

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  2. Michael Says:

    WOW … I have always looked for a longer version / Remix of Cat People but never found anything else besides the LP or the 7″ Cut. Thanks you very much as always!!! BTW do you have Loving the Alien? I just love the Dub Version of this song.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Hi Micheal yeah this 12″ was super hard to find but luckily I was able to get hold of a copy. It’s one of my very favorite records. In regards to “Loving The Alien” yes i do have it and hope to get it posted someday 🙂

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    Michael Reply:

    I just got around to listen to the Remix just now! It is beyond amazing!!! Needless to say that the sound quality is amazing as well. Thank You so much once again!!!

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    Michael Reply:

    This one has become my favorite officially!!! If you do ever get your hands on a second copy – please let me know!!!
    Not sure if you know Waldeck’s Version of Cat People but I always wondered how they slowed down the “intro” – well, now I know. Seriously, I can’t be grateful enough for this post!!!!!!!

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    Rex Rollman Reply:

    While not the same of having something to download, Rdio.com does have the Loving The Alien E.P. on their site, which has a track titled “Loving The Alien (Extended Dub Mix)” on it. The length of the track is 7:13.

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  3. Christian Says:

    Thanks, Paul! Never knew a 9 min version existed!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re very welcome Christian 🙂

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  4. Kookoo Says:

    What a great surprise. How lucky of you to have this version of this great Bowie track. Thank You.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Kookoo 🙂

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  5. george e. Says:

    Thanks for this unique post, Paul. I always wanted this in BTG quaity!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome George E. 🙂

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  6. NU Says:

    Thanks for posting this! Always liked that song. I was curious if you’d ever come across his Loving the Alien 12″ single from that period. I’ve been able to find used copies of all his 80s US 12″ singles but I still haven’t found that one!! It’s been driving me crazy for ages. Could it really be as rare as all that? Anyway, if you ever come across a copy, would you mind transferring it and posting it up here? I would really really really appreciate it!!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Hi NU actually I do have it. I found it at a local flea market and only paid $3 for it and it comes with a huge poster all in almost mint condition. I will try to get it posted as soon as I can 🙂

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  7. Paul in SLC Says:

    Nice post, Paul! I’m a huge Bowie fan too, never knew this even existed. Thanks!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Paul 🙂

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  8. Spring Says:

    Hi Paul. All this evening I listen to David’s new album “The Next Day”. It’s like you knew that I’m in the mood of his music today 🙂 Thanks!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Spring! I love his new album it sounds like his 80’s material to me 🙂

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  9. Connner Says:

    This is pretty awesome. Thank you!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Conner 🙂

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  10. Drake Says:

    Thanks!
    I never heard before these version!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Drake 🙂

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  11. Giorgio-Greece Says:

    what a gem!!!!

    thanx a lot dj!!!!!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you and you’re welcome Giorgio 🙂

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  12. Jonathan Says:

    I have this one too. The sax break has always sounded a bit odd to me, but it’s still better than the Let’s Dance version.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    I love the sax break one of my favorite parts of the song 🙂

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    Jonathan Reply:

    It’s probably because I was so used to the standard 12″ before I got my copy of this, but it’s always seemed like the sax break was dropped into it pretty clumsily. Great song, though 🙂

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  13. MicMij Says:

    Great stuff again, Paul!

    I recently read about the Australian only ‘Extended’ Extended Mix, and was sure I inherited a copy when my cousin gave me a few boxes of old 12″s that her partner used to play back in his DJing days – but never knew that there was something exclusive on it. I’ve been searching all my vinyl at home and my parent’s place and haven’t been able to find those boxes yet – and now I can give up my search altogether:) Thanks!!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome MicMij. Glad I saved you from having to continue your hunt 🙂

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  14. Dean Says:

    Oh WOW, I never knew an extended version existed!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Yep it exists 🙂

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  15. ric Says:

    Like many here, didn’t know of this extended version!
    Thanks Paul!
    That movie scared me yet titillated me back then.

    Also, all along I assumed that Let’s Dance had topped the Billboard 200, but only with the release of his highest charting US album that I found out that that classic album only managed a #4 peak!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    I loved that movie and I am anxiously awaiting it to get a blu-ray release someday.

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  16. omar Says:

    Excellent choice Paul.

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  17. Stefano Says:

    Such a nice pick. A real rare item. Just great!

    Curious to see what Disco Friday brings this week 🙂

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  18. Mikael Says:

    Thanks a lot

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  19. Ulf Says:

    TERRIFIC!!!
    have been looking for this particualar long version for quite a while…
    Thank you Paul!!

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  20. chronovisor Says:

    Thank You, Sir. Much appreciated.

    Cheers, |cv|

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  21. Jermajesty Says:

    Thanks. Don’t really know this one, hadn’t realised he’s worked with Moroder.

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  22. Devotion Says:

    Thanks, the 9 minutes version Hard to find, never seen in CD format

    it’s the famous version with a monophony extra passage
    JM Devotion

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  23. Rex Rollman Says:

    I generally don’t say anything here but I had to say thanks for this one. Cat People was the first R-rated movie I ever saw on my own. I loved the soundtrack and I have owned it in LP, Cassette, CD, and digital formats.

    This is a great find!

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  24. RandyM Says:

    Is the 10.18 minute version that I have a fake or a clever patchwork? I compared it with the 9:25 version on my Audacity. The 10:18 has the full intro from the 6:41 version which the 9:25 doesn’t.

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    dreamtime Reply:

    might have been v2.0 of my dreamtime mix of this track,,,i also made a 13+ minute version. will use this to increase the quality.

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    RandyM Reply:

    Hi, Dreamtime!

    I do remember your site and possibly it could be one of your mixes though your mixes are more complex than the 10:18 mix. The only differnce between the 9:25 & 10:18 is the full length intro from the original 6:41 mix. Have I confused everyone yet?

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  25. Korzu Says:

    Thank you for this extraordinary rip. I would love to compare it to your UK 12″ rip (especially the different intro mentioned by RandyM) but it seems to be down. Is there any chance of a repost?
    I appreciate all the time and work you put into your rips and your first class site which provides excellent information for every rip you post. RESPECT!

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  26. Iivica Says:

    Thanks Paul for music…Great…

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  27. Ricardo Says:

    Hola! I’ve been following your website for a long time now and finally got the courage to go ahead and give you a shout out from Huffman Texas! Just wanted to say keep up the fantastic job!

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  28. Igor Says:

    What a GREAT TRACK!

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  29. Crispin Says:

    Hi BTG,

    I used to have this version as a low quality mp3, thank you so much for making this gem of a recording available.

    Cheers

    Crispin

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  30. Phil Says:

    Amazing! I’ve been looking for a great rip of this rarity for years. Thank you so much!

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