Helpless Dancer

The Endless Note

Cover Story – David Bowie

David Bowie did of course release “Pin Ups” in 1973 which was an album of his versions of some of his favourite songs of the time. The album was also the last to feature his “Spiders From Mars” band.

Featuring Twiggy on the sleeve it became a #1 album and re-appeared in the charts in both 1983 and 1990.

Track listing

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. “Rosalyn” (Originally recorded by The Pretty Things) Jimmy Duncan, Bill Farley 2:27
2. “Here Comes the Night” (Originally recorded by Them) Bert Berns 3:09
3. “I Wish You Would” (Originally recorded by The Yardbirds) Billy Boy Arnold 2:40
4. “See Emily Play” (Originally recorded by Pink Floyd) Syd Barrett 4:03
5. “Everything’s Alright” (Originally recorded by The Mojos) Nicky Crouch, John Konrad, Simon Stavely, Stuart James, Keith Karlson 2:26
6. “I Can’t Explain” (Originally recorded by The Who) Pete Townshend 2:07
7. “Friday on My Mind” (Originally recorded by The Easybeats) George Young, Harry Vanda 3:18
8. “Sorrow” (Originally recorded by The McCoys/The Merseybeats) Bob Feldman, Jerry Goldstein, Richard Gottehrer 2:48
9. “Don’t Bring Me Down” (Originally recorded by The Pretty Things) Johnny Dee 2:01
10. “Shapes of Things” (Originally recorded by The Yardbirds) Paul Samwell-Smith, Jim McCarty, Keith Relf 2:47
11. “Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere” (Originally recorded by the The Who) Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey 3:04
12. “Where Have All the Good Times Gone” (Originally recorded by The Kinks) Ray Davies 2:35

N.B. On the original LP album release tracks 1-6 made up side one, and tracks 7-12 side two.

However for today’s post I turn my attention to my all time favourite Bowie album, and one of my Top 10 favourite albums, “Hunky Dory”

Here is a cover version of “Andy Warhol” by Dana Gillespie

“Andy Warhol” – Dana Gillespie

Like to take a cement fix
Be a standing cinema
Dress my friends up just for show
See them as they really are
Put a peephole in my brain
Two New Pence to have a go
I’d like to be a gallery
Put you all inside my show

Andy Warhol looks a scream
Hang him on my wall
Andy Warhol, Silver Screen
Can’t tell them apart at all

Andy walking, Andy tired
Andy take a little snooze
Tie him up when he’s fast asleep
Send him on a pleasant cruise (hm hm hm)
When he wakes up on the sea
He sure to think of me and you
He’ll think about paint and he’ll think about glue
What a jolly boring thing to do

Andy Warhol looks a scream
Hang him on my wall
Andy Warhol, Silver Screen
Can’t tell them apart at all

Andy Warhol looks a scream
Hang him on my wall
Andy Warhol, Silver Screen
Can’t tell them apart at all

The track first appeared on the 1973 Bowie and Ronson produced album “Weren’t Born A Man”

Subsequent efforts have been in the blues genre, appearing with her London Blues Band. She is notable for being the original Mary Magdalene in the first London production of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s Jesus Christ Superstar which opened at the Palace Theatre in late 1971. She also appeared on the Original London Cast album which was released the following year.

Gillespie is a regular at Basil’s Blues Bar on Mustique in the Caribbean, for three weeks in January through to February. This mostly features her London Blues Band, but she also invites other acts. In 2005, Mick Jagger appeared as a guest and sang songs such as: “Honky Tonk Women”, “Dust My Broom” and “Goin’ Down”.

To buy the music of Dana Gillespie click HERE


May 20, 2010 - Posted by | Blues, Cover Stories, Old Music, Video | , ,


  1. Hunky Dory , whilst perhaps falling short of Ziggy Stardust on the marketing angle to gullible teenagers at the time, was a far better work. Bowie’s best methinks.

    Comment by bigrab | May 21, 2010 | Reply

    • Without doubt Hunk Dory is his best album.


      Comment by thehelplessdancer | May 21, 2010 | Reply

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