“Golden Years”.

 

“Golden Years”
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   Lyrics                        Video
from the album

Station to Station

Released 21 November 1975
Format 7″
Recorded September 1975 at Cherokee Studios (Los Angeles, California)
Length
  • 3:29 (single edit)
  • 4:00 (album version)
Label RCA Records
Writer(s) David Bowie
Producer(s)
  • David Bowie
  • Harry Maslin
David Bowie Singles
Golden Years
(Lyrics)
More from Station to Station album
“Station to Station”
(Lyrics)
Golden Years
(Video)
“Word on a Wing”
(3)

Golden Years is a song written and recorded by David Bowie in 1975. It was originally released in a shortened form as a single in November 1975, and in its full-length version in January the following year on the Station to Station album. It was the first track completed during the Station to Station sessions, a period when Bowie’s cocaine addiction was at its peak. At one stage it was slated to be the album’s title track.

When it first appeared as a single in 1975, “Golden Years” presented a somewhat skewed view of the forthcoming album, being more similar in style to the Young Americans funk/soul material from earlier in 1975 than the rest of Station to Station. The latter foreshadowed the Krautrock-influenced Euro-centric and electronic music that Bowie would move into with his late-1970s ‘Berlin Trilogy’.

Bowie was looking to emulate something of the glitzy nostalgia of “On Broadway”, which he was playing on piano in the studio when he came up with “Golden Years”. He has said that he offered it to Elvis Presley to perform, but that Presley declined it Both Angela Bowie and Ava Cherry claim to have been the inspiration for the song.

Bowie allegedly got drunk to perform the song for the American TV show Soul Train; at the time he was one of the few white artists to appear on the program. The resultant video clip was used to promote the single, and assisted Bowie’s continued commercial success in the United States, where it charted for 16 weeks and reached No. 10 in early-1976. It achieved No. 8 in the UK and No. 17 in Canada. The song was also a top ten hit in Ireland, the Netherlands and Sweden.

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