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David Bowie – China Girl (US 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on January 13th, 2016


A. Front

“China Girl” is a song co-written by David Bowie and Iggy Pop during their years in Berlin, first appearing on Pop’s album The Idiot . The song became more widely known when it was rerecorded by Bowie and released on his album Let’s Dance (1983) and as a single.

Paul Trynka, the author of David Bowie’s biography, Starman, claims the song was inspired by Iggy Pop’s infatuation with Kuelan Nguyen, a beautiful Vietnamese woman.

The UK single release of Bowie’s remake reached #2 for one week on 14 June 1983, behind “Every Breath You Take” by The Police, while the US release reached #10. david Bowie’s version features guitar by Nile Rodgers and Stevie Ray Vaughan.

The long version of “Shake It Up” is exclusive to vinyl.

China Girl (Long Version) 5:32
Written-By – D. Bowie*, I. Pop*

Shake It (Long Version) 5:21
Written-By – David Bowie


Year Single Chart Position
1983 China Girl U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #10
1983 China Girl U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks #51
1983 China Girl/Shake It U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play #3


Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint

Label: EMI America ‎– 7809
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 33 ⅓ RPM, Single
Country: US
Released: 1983
Genre: Rock, Pop
Style: Pop Rock

Producer – David Bowie, Nile Rodgers

From the LP “LET’S DANCE”

Find the 12″ on DISCOGS

B. Back

Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut Carbon (DC)
Cartridge: Ortofon 2M
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 30
Platter: Pro-Ject Acryl-It platter
Stabilizer: Pro-Ject Record Puck 
Phono Pre-amp:
Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp
Tung-Sol 12AX7ECC803-S Gold Electron Tube
ESI Juli@
Record Cleaning:
VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Artwork Scans:
Brother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Scanner

Recording/Editing: Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Down Sampling: iZotope RX Advanced 2
Artwork Editor: Adobe Photoshop CS5
Click Removal: Manual
FLAC/MP3 Conversion: dBpoweramp
M3U Playlist: Playlist Creator

All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
FLAC (Level Eight)
MP3 (320kbps)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi

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18 Responses to “David Bowie – China Girl (US 12″)”

  1. OMAR Says:

    I preferred China Girl over Let’s Dance. It’s one of his best singles. Thanks Paul.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Omar 🙂


  2. keeganskylar Says:

    Also you can hear the girl from the video talk about the experience with him in the video as she just did a quick small radio interview about this …


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thanks Keeganskylar enjoyed that 🙂


  3. NKelly Says:

    Awesome. Not heard this in a while can’t wait to play. Many thanks!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Neil 🙂


  4. Jeff Says:

    Oh Paul, through your dignified and exquisite rips, I’m so enjoying your tribute to Mr. Bowie. Thanks for your wonderful commitment to a well loved and respected artist.




    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Jeff. Hugas and smiles 🙂


  5. Jermajesty Says:

    I have to say, great pop single though this is, I love and prefer the rawness of Iggy Pop’s earlier version, which I only ‘discovered’ about 3 years ago. In fact, it was one of the first songs I played when I got to work on Monday, to get me through the day. Him, but not Him.

    I still can’t bring myself to listen to any actual Bowie yet, it’s too much. I’ve got every great line of so many songs running through my head in constant loops, I can hear his voice clear as a bell.

    As a distraction and substitute I’ve been listening to key albums by all my favourite artists who were totally inspired by him; Bauhaus, Boy George, Visage, Echo & The Bunnymen, Suede, Maryiln Manson, Placebo, Tears for Fears, Nine Inch Nails, Sigue Sigue Sputnik… he’s responsible for so much cool stuff in our lives, on top of such an amazing back catalogue of his own.

    Looking forward to more of your posts Paul, but will probably catch them next week. xx


    DjPaulT Reply:

    I am with you Jermajesty and fully understand. I found myself crying like a baby yesterday while working on “Let’s Dance”. Take your time mate 🙂


  6. Junior Says:

    One of my favourite David Bowie singles from this era.

    Thanks Paul 🙂


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Junior 🙂


  7. CL Says:

    Great memories.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Indeed CL great memories 🙂


  8. Mike Says:

    Thank you, Paul

    I’ve only had a scratched up version; this sounds beautiful! So many publicized memorials about Bowie seem to be about his groundbreaking image and changing personas, but to me, it’s his music that is the real genius and art. Thank you for preserving it in its finest form.



    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Mike 🙂


  9. Teo Says:

    Love your work Paul. Terrific stuff!

    Any chance of “Loving The Alien” and “This is Not America” coming soon – two of my favs the great man.



  10. Davos Via 45 Says:

    When it was released, the hot China Girl video was running 100 times a day on TV!
    I also discovered Bowie thru the 80s stuff, and only then discovered all the interesting music he did in the 60s & 70s. I couldn’t believe that’s the same man! Of course it wasn’t
    it was so many of him. Weeks before his stadium gig in my hometown, the radio stations were spinning his music all day. He opened the sold out stadium concert with Space Oddity,
    of course…


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