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”.

Undated handout photo issued by Omega Auctions of David Bowie tracks, which were rejected from his debut album - possibly because they were too quirky - are going under the hammer. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday May 7, 2019
The reel-to-reel tape is expected to fetch £10,000 at auction

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.

Ziggy Plays Guitar
3rd July 1973: David Bowie performs his final concert as Ziggy Stardust at the Hammersmith Odeon, London. The concert later became known as the Retirement Gig. (Photo by Express/Express/Getty Images)
Bowie later became known for his Ziggy Stardust alter ego

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.


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