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|"I Can't Read"|
|Single by David Bowie|
|from the album The Ice Storm (soundtrack)|
|Released||1 December 1997|
|Length||4:40 (short version)|
5:30 (long version)
|Songwriter(s)||David Bowie and Reeves Gabrels|
|Producer(s)||David Bowie, Mark Plati and Reeves Gabrels|
|David Bowie singles chronology|
Bowie recorded a new version of the song in 1997 for the film The Ice Storm. This version was released as a single in Germany and Scandinavia by Velvel Records in December 1997. In January 1998 it was also released in Australia by Shock Records under exclusive license from Velvel Records. The single stayed in the UK Top 200 for 3 weeks, peaking at No. 73.
When Bowie performed the song in 1996 he described it as "full of remorse and agony, I expect, it's when jobs go wrong, and home doesn't really feel warm any more, and you don't need anybody - you don't even pretend you do - and you end up in this kind of state."
CD: Velvel / ZYX 8757-8 (Germany)
- "I Can't Read" (Short Version) (Bowie, Gabrels) – 4:40
- "I Can't Read" (Long Version) (Bowie, Gabrels) – 5:30
- "This Is Not America" (Bowie, Metheny) – 3:48
- A live version recorded in 1989 was released on the 12" and CD version of the single "Tin Machine"
- A live version recorded during Tin Machine's 1991 It's My Life Tour was released on the live album Tin Machine Live: Oy Vey, Baby (1992)
- A live version recorded 1999, released on VH1 Storytellers (2009)
|Scotland (Official Charts Company)||77|
|UK Singles (Official Charts Company)||73|
|UK Indie (Official Charts Company)||12|
- Sprague, David (February 1997), "After a decade of missteps, David Bowie reinvents himself again ... and this time he's on target", Pulse! Magazine (156): 34–37, 72–73
- David Bowie, Bridge Concert Benefit X, 19 October 1996
- "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
- "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
- "Official Independent Singles Chart Top 50". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 6 November 2018.