I’m on Album To Album, the biggest and best David Bowie podcast, talking to Arsalan Mohammad about Bowie’s little-heard ‘lost’ 1971 single, Holy Holy. A notorious commercial failure on release, it was also effectively the very last few chords of his association with the ‘underground’ before determinedly chasing a wider and more permanent form of stardom, and while it may have a lot in common with the accompanying album The Man Who Sold The World, it doesn’t sound that much like anything else in his back catalogue – which may in fact explain why it mysteriously disappeared for decades after its release, only resurfacing on a box set in 2015.
During a lengthy and entertaining chat we touch on some of the possible reasons for Holy Holy‘s sidelining, whether it occupies a more important position in Bowie’s artistic trajectory than anyone ever gives it credit for, some of the other bands that released chaotic singles to little success in the wake of massive hits, whether it would have been better regarded if it wasn’t by David Bowie, and exactly which Doctor Who stories Bowie might have seen. There’s also some fascinating theorising on what might have happened during the one known long-lost television appearance promoting Holy Holy…
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