Posted by DjPaulT on March 21st, 2013
BURNING THE GROUND EXCLUSIVE 1982
“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.|
Cat People (Putting Out Fire) (7″ Version) 4:08
Cat People (Putting Out Fire) (Extended Version) 9:21
Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint (Company)
|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|
Label: MCA Records – DS 12087
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 45 RPM, Limited Edition
Credits: Producer – Giorgio Moroder
Written-By – D. Bowie*, Moroder*
Taken from the soundtrack “CAT PEOPLE”
Side B version is exclusive to this release.
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