David Bowie to release ‘Fame’ picture disc for 40th anniversary

The single was originally released in 1975, co-written by John Lennon

David Bowie will re-release his 1975 single ‘Fame’ for its 40th anniversary.

‘Fame’ featured on Bowie’s album ‘Young Americans’ and originally released on July 25, 1975. It will now be reissued as a limited-edition picture disc on July 24, backed by an alternate mix of fellow ‘Young Americans’ album track ‘Right’.

‘Fame’ was co-written by John Lennon and was Bowie’s first Number One single in the US. See an image of the picture disc below.

It’s been revealed that David Bowie’s new musical stage show will feature new songs, with the project’s director claiming that the new material sounds as good as his classic tracks.

Bowie is working on a new stage show based on his 1976 film The Man Who Fell To Earth, which saw the musician playing the character of an alcoholic alien called Thomas Newton. The new show, co-written with Irish playwright Enda Walsh, is to be directed by Belgian director Ivo van Hove and will be titled ‘Lazarus’.

Director van Hove told the BBC: “Some of the songs sound as if you have heard them for ever – like classics… There are romantic songs – because his songs are deeply romantic – and there are songs about violence and the ugly world surrounding us. That’s what these new songs are about.”

The director also added of the new arrangements of old songs: “[Bowie] told me he is going to give his songs a new skin”. Van Hove also confirmed that Bowie “will not be on stage”. He added: “I don’t think that is the thing he likes most in his life.”

The Man Who Fell To Earth was released in 1976 and featured Bowie starring alongside Rip Torn, Candy Clark, Buck Henry and Bernie Casey. It was directed by Nicolas Roeg and based on the 1963 novel of the same name by Walter Tevis.