The Very Hard David Bowie Quiz

How well do you know David Bowie? Our quiz will test you out, can you get them all!

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  1. Question 28 is wrong. Spiders from Mars included Trevor Bolder and that was on the ‘Hunky Dory’ album not ‘The Man who sold the world’.

  2. Pour quelqu’un qui ne parle pas anglais je trouve que mon score est honnête.

  3. Alan is right about #28, when you consider the rhythm section, which is the nucleus of any band. Tony Visconti played bass on Man ..

  4. Question 25 is misleading. It says AFTER spending time with Tin Machine, Black Tie White Noise was WITH Tin Machine.

  5. Hello Malcolm, I suppose the question could be seen as misleading, but our Bowie expert told us… Released in 1993, it was his first solo release in the 1990s and his first solo album in nearly six years, after spending time with his hard rock band Tin Machine. This album was an attempt to make “a new kind of melodic form of house” music and featured his old guitarist from the Ziggy Stardust era, Mick Ronson.

  6. Q.6 Drive in Saturday also name checked Twiggy – Carl Jung : The Swiss Psychiatrist & Psychoanalyst who many mistake in the song as ‘John’ – an astronette : but which one & Sylvian : the guitarist from the New York Dolls? Or is it referring to the lateral sulcus or Sylvian fissure – one of the most prominent features of the human brain. Well maybe as the NYD’s guitarists name is actually spelt SYLVAIN and noy SYLVIAN.
    Buddy gets a mention – but who is it – a run of the mill ‘Buddy’ or ‘Johnny’ type character? Or was it actually Buddy Holly?
    This song was the first time that I ever heard the word ‘video’.
    Also – another track from Aladdin Sane – Time – name checked Billy Doll (Murcia) – the drummer from the New York Dolls who overdosed and died in London in the autumn of 1972. Mott the Hoople apparently declined this song – fair enough – they didn’t want to be Bowie’s ‘boys’ so Honaloochie Boogie yeh!

    Q.14 Although the Strawbs being the correct answer – technically this is wrong. This song was the b side of Lay Down – their October 1972 #12 UK hit – but – it was credited to Ciggy Barlust and The Whales from Venus.
    By the way – a ghastly horrible song – indeed – as were the Strawbs.

    Q.19 Great album cover – the dogs bollocks et al. Bowie jumped in and nabbed Guy Peellaert who was commissioned to paint the Rolling Stones 1974 album – Its only Rock’n’Roll. But Bowie got their first!

    Q.28 is correct – the answer is Hunky Dory. Ronson / Woodmansey & Boulder first played on Hunky Dory – not – The Man Who sold the World. Tony Visconti played bass on TMWSTW.

    Q.25 Black Tie White Noise was NOT a Tin Machine album. It was the first solo Bowie studio album of the 1990’s – a much underrated and rarely mentioned album. However Bowie’s best album of the 90’s has to be 1.Outside – superb.

    Great quiz

    Glad tidings pop pickers

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