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 Atlantic / Elektra / Parlophone / Rhino / Warner Music 3:37
Changesonebowie 1976 Parlophone / Warner Music 3:39
Station to Station 1976 Parlophone / Rhino / Warner Music 0:00
Fame & Fashion 1984 RCA 3:36
Sound + Vision 1989 EMI Music Distribution 3:34
Changesbowie 1990 Rykodisc 3:38
The Singles: 1969-1993 1993 Rykodisc 3:33
The Singles Collection 1993 EMI Music Distribution 3:35
Rarest One Bowie 1995 Trident Music International 3:32
The Best of David Bowie 1969-1974 1997 Virgin 3:34
The Singles Collection 1 2000 EMI Music Distribution 3:35
The Platinum Collection 2006 Virgin 3:34
Rock & Roll Highway [Somerset] 2007
Various Artists
Somerset Entertainment 3:33
Dexter: Season 4 2010 Varèse Sarabande 3:34
Now That's What I Call Classic Rock Hits 2012
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 0:00
Nothing Has Changed 2014 Columbia / Legacy 3:35
Five Years (1969-1973) 2015 Parlophone / Warner Music 3:39
Who Can I Be Now? (1974-1976) 2016 Parlophone 4:10
Legacy 2016 Columbia / Legacy / Sony Music 3:35
25 Years Of Chrysalis Music
Various Artists
Sony CMG
No Image
Various Artists
Capitol 3:34