David Bowie


Composed by David Bowie

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David Bowie once explained "Changes" like so: "[It] started out as a parody of a nightclub song, a kind of throwaway." Which is part of the fun joy of the track -- it manages to work completely straight-faced while also having some laughs as well. For all of the lyrical references to "these children that you spit on" and "how every time I'd got it made, the taste was not so sweet," "Changes" doesn't pretend to be the voice of a generation or rampant angst gone crazy. It's upbeat, entertaining, and, but of course, has that brilliant knack of Bowie's -- an absolutely wonderful chorus. With Rick Wakeman's piano providing the introduction and conclusion for the song, not to mention helping to form said chorus, Bowie leads the incipient Spiders From Mars in a sly romp mixing semi-spoken verse and his delicious delivery of the title, "Ch-ch-ch-changes!" The descending chords of the bass hint at that particular glam rock element's incipient dominance, while Ken Scott's production and Mick Ronson's excellent string arrangement -- not to mention Bowie's own winning sax part -- complete the package.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Hunky Dory 1971 Rhino
Aladdin Sane 1973 Virgin / EMI Music Distribution 3:20
No Image 1973 3:39
David Live 1974 EMI Digital / Parlophone / Warner Music 3:35
Station to Station 1976 EMI Music Distribution
Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars [The Motion Picture Soundtrack] 1982 Atlantic / Elektra / Rhino / Warner Music
Fame & Fashion 1984 RCA 3:36
Sound + Vision 1989 Parlophone / Rhino 3:34
No Image 1989 Atlantic
Changesbowie 1990 EMI Digital / Parlophone 3:35
The Singles: 1969-1993 1993 Rykodisc 3:33
The Singles Collection 1993 Parlophone 3:35
Rarest One Bowie 1995 Trident Music International 3:32
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: The Eleventh Annual Induction Dinner 1996
Various Artists
The Best of David Bowie 1969-1974 1997 EMI Digital / Parlophone / Warner Music 3:34
The Singles Collection 1 2000 EMI Music Distribution 3:35
Bowie at the Beeb: The Best of the BBC Radio Sessions 68-72 2000 Virgin 3:29
Best of Bowie 2002 EMI Digital / Parlophone 3:34
Rykodisc 20th Anniversary 2004
Various Artists
Rykodisc 3:35
I Love 70's 2004
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:34
The Best Pub Jukebox... Ever! 2004
Various Artists
Phantom Import Distribution / Virgin 4:08
A Reality Tour 2004 Friday Music
The Platinum Collection 2006 Parlophone 3:34
Songs [EMI] 2007
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:32
Rock & Roll Highway [Somerset] 2007
Various Artists
Somerset Entertainment 3:33
Live in Santa Monica '72 2008 Atlantic / Elektra / Rhino / Warner Music
Nothing Has Changed 2014 Parlophone 3:35
Five Years 1969-1973 2015 Rhino 3:36
In Memory of David Bowie 2016 Laser Media 3:46
Who Can I Be Now? (1974-1976) 2016 Parlophone
No Image 2016 Sony Music 3:35
David Live [2005 Mix] 2016 Parlophone / Rhino / Warner Music 3:35
Live Nassau Coliseum '76 2017 Parlophone / Rhino / Warner Music 4:10
Cracked Actor: Live in Los Angeles ’74 2017 Rhino
25 Years Of Chrysalis Music
Various Artists
Sony CMG
Changes Rhino 3:34
Ziggy & the Spiders: Cleveland Music Hall Gold Standard Laboratories 3:25
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