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David Bowie – Blue Jean (US 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on January 20th, 2016


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Originally posted January 20, 8012

“Blue Jean” is a song from the album Tonight by David Bowie. One of only two tracks on the album to be written entirely by Bowie, it was released as a single ahead of the album.

Loosely inspired by Eddie Cochran, the song was an uncomplicated composition, recalling earlier Bowie rockers such as “The Jean Genie,” and is generally regarded as one of the better parts of a disappointing album.

Following the huge commercial success of Bowie’s previous album, Let’s Dance, its singles and the Serious Moonlight Tour, “Blue Jean” was launched with massive promotion. Julien Temple was engaged to direct a 21-minute short film to promote the song, Jazzin’ for Blue Jean. The song performance segment from this was also used as a more conventional music video.

“Blue Jean” was a hit in the UK and America, reaching No. 6 and No. 8, respectively.
The song would remain in Bowie’s live repertoire for the rest of his career, being performed on tours in 1987, 1990 and 2004.

Interviewed in 1987 and asked to compare a track like “Time Will Crawl” to “Blue Jean,” Bowie said “‘Blue Jean’ is a piece of sexist rock ‘n roll. [laughs] It’s about picking up birds. It’s not very cerebral, that piece.”

The flip side “Dancing with the Big Boys,” which Bowie also co-wrote with Iggy Pop, was written and recorded in eight hours as Bowie and Pop egged each other on. In what was described as an “exhilarating rush,” Bowie and Pop “went in [to the studio] with a few bottles of beer and would virtually bellow out anything that came into their heads,” said Hugh Padgham. “And I just recorded it all.” The song is about the “little guy” being crushed by “oppressive corporate structures.” The lyrics were taken from a backlog of unused lyrics; the line “this dot marks your location” was a reference to a “lengthy irritating stay” at a New York Hotel (Bowie had been looking at the hotel room’s fire escape map), and “Your family is a football team” was a reference to the immigrant families working in New York; “the whole family [has] to work together for survival.”

The track elicited this from Bowie:

There’s a particular sound I’m after that I haven’t really got yet; I’ll either crack it on the next album or retire from it. I think I got quite close to it on “Dancing with the Big Boys.” … I got very musical over the last couple of years – trying to write musically and develop things the way people used to write in the Fifties. I stayed away from experimentation. Now, I think I should be a bit more adventurous. And in “Big Boys,” Iggy and I broke away from all that for one track, and it came nearer to the sound I was looking for than anything else.

Blue Jean (Extended Dance Mix) 5:16
Remix – John “Jellybean” Benitez
Written-By – David Bowie

Dancing With The Boys (Extended Dance Mix) 7:28
Engineer [Remix] – Jay Burnette*Remix, Producer [Additional 12″ Production] – Arthur Baker
Written-By – C. Alomar*, D. Bowie*, I. Pop*

Dancing With The Boys (Extended Dub Mix) 7:13
Engineer [Remix] – Jay Burnette*Remix, Producer [Additional 12″ Production] – Arthur Baker
Written-By – C. Alomar*, D. Bowie*, I. Pop*

Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint


Year Single Chart Position
1984 Blue Jean U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #8
1984 Blue Jean U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks #2
1984 Blue Jean U.S. Billboard Hot DanceMusic/Club Play #2


Label: EMI America – V-7838-1/2
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 33 ⅓ RPM, Single
Country: US
Released: 1984
Genre: Electronic, Rock
Style: Pop Synth-pop

Producer – David BowieDerek BrambleHugh Padgham

Album versions can be heard on “TONIGHT”

Find the 12″ on DISCOGS

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

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17 Responses to “David Bowie – Blue Jean (US 12″)”

  1. OMAR Says:

    Thanks Paul for this new rip. Love Bowie as always.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Omar 🙂


  2. Jeff Says:

    Paul, I absolutely LOVE YOU!! THANKS Tremendously for re-ripping this gem of a record!! Now, I know “Blue Jean” was the bigger hit, but it is the flip-side, “Dancing With The Big Boys” that has my rapturous and rabid attention. Arthur Baker’s remix, along with those fierce edits by The Latin Rascals, make me so hot. Almost hot with fleas (to quote a Severed Heads’ single)!! This record has it all, those HUGE BIG 80’s drums, those horns and those AWESOME edits. I love when they even speed up the drum machine to a machine gun effect and edit those beats in. I hope you understand what I’m saying. And the dub is good too. Oh Paul, I love this service you provide in bringing our favorites back and even ones that you’ve previously posted but with your new equipment. You are the Deity with the Diamond Stylus and drilling golden grooves with the utmost prowess and dexterity.




    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Jeff. Yes I totally understand what you are saying. I knew while I was working on this record this morning that you were gonna flip 🙂 I compared this rip with the old one and the new one is so much better. Enjoy!


  3. Manu Says:

    Thank you Paul for this new rip.
    Did you know that by inverting phases you could get an almost instrumental mono version of “Blue Jeans” as the vocals by Bowie were identical between the left and right channels ?
    I used to play with this effect on my brother stereo at the time 😉


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Interesting Manu I did not know that. Thanks 🙂


  4. Junior Says:

    Another ace from you Paul. Many thanks 🙂


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Junior 🙂


  5. BE.D12'' Says:

    Thanks Paul, I adore You!

    I totally agree with what Jeff said above about the remix on the B-side,
    “Dancing with The Big Boys”.

    I’m ready for other Bowie-gems here to come in your quality sound!!!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome BE.D12”. Thanks for your comment 🙂


  6. Stefano Says:

    Happy with all these Bowie 12 inches Paul. Thank you!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Stefano 🙂


  7. Cory Says:

    Thank you Paul!! Definitely one of my top Bowie tracks!! 😀


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Cory 🙂


  8. Davos Via 45 Says:

    Don’t know if it’s coincidence or intentional, but you posted this 12″ the first time around, exactly on the day 4 years ago, 20.01.2012!!! I compared the two and the new re-rip sounds much more clearer. I can only assume you overdone it with click-repair on the first rip.
    In my opinion Jellybean did a very nice extended mix for Blue Jean and rounded it up with a proper cold ending (no fade out).
    I’ve listened again to the original version of Dancing With The Boys and totally disagree with some of you BTGrounders, Arthur overdone it playing around with his sampler, instead making a proper extended dance mix, so for me this mixes become very fast, very annoying, which is very disappointing, since we all here know Arthur Baker can do much,much more better!
    There wasn’t a day since David Bowie past away, without a report or story on TV, about his life or artistic involvements. So I’m glad we have this Extended celebrations of his music on BTG!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Wow! that was a major coincidence interesting how that worked out. Who knew that four years later we would be grieving David Bowie’s death and celebrating his life and music. I think you are correct Davos I probably was using ClickRepair too much during that time. Glad I don’t do that anymore. I was also using the older equipment and Ortofon 20 stylus. Many upgrades since those early days “)


  9. alf_e Says:

    Thank you for ripping this! Even if I didn’t download it, I’m totally loving the NEW FOR 2016 REMASTER FLAC RIP sticker logo! Thanks for all you do.


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