Bowie – My First Great Obsession (Greg Wilson Selection)

David Bowie



3.The Man Who Sold The World

4.The Jean Genie

5.Oh! You Pretty Things

6.Walk On The Wild Side – Lou Reed

7.Soul Love

8.Moonage Daydream


10.Golden Years

11.Lady Stardust

12.Life On Mars?


14.All The Young Dudes – Mott The Hoople

15.Ziggy Stardust


17.Space Oddity

18.All The Madmen

19.The Bewlay Brothers

20.Satellite Of Love – Lou Reed

21.Cracked Actor


23.The Prettiest Star

24.Diamond Dogs

25.Suffragette City

26.Queen Bitch

27.Panic In Detroit


29.Lady Grinning Soul

30.Perfect Day – Lou Reed

31.Five Years

32.The Width Of A Circle

33.Sweet Thing


35.Sweet Thing (Reprise)

36.Where Have All The Good Times Gone

37.Young Americans

38.Hang On To Yourself

39.John I’m Only Dancing

40.Aladdin Sane (1913-1938-197?)

41.Rebel Rebel

42.Vicious – Lou Reed

43.Drive-In Saturday

44.Rock ‘N’ Roll Suicide

45.Memory Of A Free Festival

46.My Death (Live Santa Monica ‘72)

This is a 3 hour 3 minute 53 second podcast featuring 40 tracks that I became intimate with during the 1972-1975 period – the first of which was the ‘Starman’ single in July 1972, the last being ‘Golden Years’ in November 1975, just weeks before I started working as a club DJ. There are, you’ll find, tracks also included from the period 1969-1971, but with the exception of ‘Space Oddity’, these were all first heard in retrospect, Bowie’s earlier albums re-issued in 1972 on the back of the success of ‘The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars’ and ‘Hunky Dory’ that year.  I selected 40 tracks by Bowie (41 is you want to add the ‘Sweet Thing (Reprise)’ as separate), but also added 4 from Lou Reed’s ‘Transformer’ album, which Bowie and Mick Ronson produced directly after recording ‘Ziggy Stardust’, and Mott The Hoople’s huge hit from 1972, ‘All The Young Dudes’, written and produced by Bowie. Like his post-’75 releases, his pre-‘69 output doesn’t feature here – as with the title of the final track in terms of release, this podcast, for me, truly represents Bowie’s golden years – the era in which he made the majority of his greatest recordings, whilst being at his most vital as a trailblazing artist.

All tracks written by David Bowie except

6, 20, 30, 42. Lou Reed

9. David Bowie, Carlos Alomar & John Lennon

28. Bob Feldman, Jerry Goldstein & Richard Gottehrer

36. Ray Davies

46. Jacques Brel (English translation by Mort Shuman)

Compiled by Greg Wilson – January 2016