January 8th is the birthday of David Bowie (also Elvis Presley, Stephen Hawking, and this contributor…), and he’s managed to release something on his birthday even after passing away in 2016 (two days after his birthday that year). There was 2017’s No Plan EP (QRO review), 2016’s Blackstar (QRO review), and 2013’s “Where Are We Now?” (QRO review).
For the futuristic 2020, the futuristic Man Who Fell To Earth releases an alternate version of “The Man Who Sold the World” for the record’s 50th anniversary (QRO review of The Man Who Sold the World show days after Bowie’s death). It’s from his rehearsal/warm-up sessions at Looking Glass Studios before his 1996 50th birthday concert at Madison Square Garden (which was inspired by seeing Elvis have his own 50th birthday concert on his January 8th…). Previously a BBC broadcast & bootleg, it will be released on Record Store Day (4/18). It’s also the first of six songs released, one a week, off the upcoming Is It Any Wonder? EP.