BBC Radio 6 Music has been given exclusive access to a previously unheard promotional radio programme for David Bowie’s album Pin Ups.
The network will air the show tomorrow (Wednesday) throughout all programmes, as the station celebrates 40 years since the album release date.
It was produced in 1973 as a promo tool for the release of the album, but never made it to air. It was produced by Bowie himself and Ken Scott (who produced Bowie’s albums from Hunky Dory through to Pin Ups).
It features five tracks from the album interspersed with Bowie’s own musings and insights into the London music scene of the day.
It was unearthed by Nigel Reeve who oversees Bowie’s back catalogue. He says: “I discovered it during some research several years ago. It was in an old tape vault on 1/4” tape with simply the words ‘Radio Show’ written on it. This is such a rare find. No one knew of its existence, apart from David and Ken. To play it for the first time was quite simply a jaw-dropping moment.”
The show will also be available to listen to until midnight on Sunday 27 October at bbc.co.uk/6music.
6 Music’s Breakfast Show presenter Shaun Keaveny will play the first part of the promo at 9.30am, followed by further clips through the day in Lauren Laverne, Radcliffe & Maconie and Steve Lamacq’s shows, with the final part airing on Marc Riley’s programme in the evening.
Shaun Keaveny says: “It’s beyond exciting for 6 Music to be showcasing the first-ever airing of this historic recording, in a year that has been all about the Bowie comeback.”
James Stirling, Editor, 6 Music, says: “This exclusive is a fantastic coup for 6 Music. As a network showcasing music of alternative spirit, David Bowie is at our core, and it’s fantastic that our listeners will have the opportunity to hear this radio show for the first time ever.”
6 Music will also use the Pin Ups radio show to celebrate a day of cover versions.