Rubber Band (song)

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"Rubber Band"
Bowie RubberBand.jpg
Single by David Bowie
from the album David Bowie
B-side"The London Boys"
Released2 December 1966
Format7" single
RecordedR G Jones Studios, London, 18 October 1966
GenreBaroque pop, music hall
Length2:05
LabelDeram
DM 107
Songwriter(s)David Bowie
Producer(s)Mike Vernon
David Bowie singles chronology
"I Dig Everything"
(1966)
"Rubber Band"
(1966)
"The Laughing Gnome"
(1967)

"Rubber Band" is a single by David Bowie. The single was released in the UK in December 1966, and marked the start of Bowie's recording contract with Deram which would include his first album, 1967’s David Bowie.

It was part of the three-track audition tape Bowie's new manager Kenneth Pitt used to persuade the label to sign him. The track itself shows Bowie's infatuation at the time with Anthony Newley. Despite some good notices in the music press, the single was a flop, once more failing to break into the UK charts.

The track, recorded in mono in October 1966 for the UK single, was re-recorded in stereo the following February for Bowie's debut album (and it was this second version used for the American single in June 1967).

The B-side, "The London Boys", was belatedly issued as a UK single in 1975.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by David Bowie.

  1. "Rubber Band [original single version]" - 2:05
  2. "The London Boys" – 3:20

The US release had "Rubber Band [album version]" as the A-Side and "There is a Happy Land" as the B-side.

Production credits[edit]

Other releases[edit]

  • In 1969 Bowie performed it in his promo film Love You Till Tuesday.
  • It was also released as the B-side of the Spanish reissue of "The Laughing Gnome" in 1973.
  • It also appeared on the following compilations:

References[edit]

  • Pegg, Nicholas, The Complete David Bowie, Reynolds & Hearn Ltd, 2000, ISBN 1-903111-14-5