A recording of David Bowie songs rejected from his debut album – including some showing his “full-on weird” side – is set to be sold at auction.
The four songs were recorded at Decca Studios in London, between 1966 and 1967, while the star was working on his self-titled first album.
Bowie expert Paul Kinder says the four tracks didn’t make the cut for the singer’s debut record “possibly because they were too quirky – even for famously oddball early David Bowie recordings”.
He continued: “One song, Bunny Thing, shows Bowie in full-on, presumably drug-inspired or fuelled, weird mode.
“It’s a beat poem about rabbits smuggling drugs, complete with in-character reminisces of an aged German bunny.
“There’s also a very solid and catchy R&B number, Funny Smile, (and) a version of totally weird music hall, mockney accent-heavy Pussy Cat…
“For Bowie fans – these tracks represent part of the ‘holy grail’ of unreleased recordings.”
Another song, Did You Ever Have A Dream, went on Bowie’s Another Face compilation.
The reel-to-reel tape could fetch more than £10,000.
It will go under the hammer alongside other rare items of Bowie memorabilia at Omega Auctions on 21 May in Newton-Le-Willows.
In March, a demo of Bowie’s hit song Starman was sold at auction for £51,000.