|Studio album by|
|Released||19 October 1973|
|Recorded||8 July – August 1973|
|Studio||Château d'Hérouville, Hérouville, France|
|David Bowie chronology|
|Singles from Pinups|
|The Encyclopedia of Popular Music|||
|Christgau's Record Guide||B–|
|The Rolling Stone Album Guide|||
Pinups entered the UK chart on 3 November 1973 (coincidentally the same day as Bryan Ferry's covers album These Foolish Things) and stayed there for 21 weeks, peaking at No. 1. It re-entered the chart on 30 April 1983, this time for fifteen weeks, peaking at No. 57. In July 1990, it again entered the chart, for one week, at No. 52.
A version of the Velvet Underground's "White Light/White Heat" was recorded during the sessions. It was never released; Bowie donated the backing track to Mick Ronson for his 1975 album Play Don't Worry.
An insert included with the original LP includes the text "This album is called Pinups" and the title is written as one word, without a hyphen, on the LP cover and spine, although the disc label spells the title with a hyphen.
According to co-producer Ken Scott, the LP was originally conceived as "a complete opposite of [Bowie's] other albums", consisting of all cover songs except one original composition, and mainly turned towards the US market since "he wanted to do songs that weren't known as well in the States as they were in England", yet eventually the plan was dropped. Pinups was the first of two "1960s nostalgia" albums that Bowie had planned to release. The second, which was planned to be called "Bowie-ing Out," would have contained Bowie covering his favourite American artists, but was never recorded. Bowie also apparently considered making a Pinups sequel: he had compiled a list of songs he wanted to cover, some of which showed up on his later releases of Heathen (2002) and Reality (2003).
In the album booklet, Bowie, writing in his own hand, describes Pinups as:
These songs are among my favourites from the '64–67' period of London. / Most of the groups were playing the Ricky-Tick (was it a 'y' or an 'i'?) -Scene club circuit (Marquee, eel pie island la-la). / Some are still with us. / Pretty Things, Them, Yardbirds, Syd's Pink Floyd, Mojos, Who, Easybeats, Merseys, The Kinks. / Love-on ya!
The woman on the cover with Bowie is 1960s supermodel Twiggy in a photograph taken by her then-manager Justin de Villeneuve. It was shot in Paris for Vogue magazine, but at Bowie's request was used for the album instead.
|1.||"Rosalyn"||Jimmy Duncan, Bill Farley||Pretty Things||2:27|
|2.||"Here Comes the Night" (*)||Bert Berns||Them||3:09|
|3.||"I Wish You Would" (*)||Billy Boy Arnold||The Yardbirds||2:40|
|4.||"See Emily Play"||Syd Barrett||Pink Floyd||4:03|
|5.||"Everything's Alright"||Nicky Crouch, John Konrad, Simon Stavely, Stuart James, Keith Karlson||The Mojos||2:26|
|6.||"I Can't Explain"||Pete Townshend||The Who||2:07|
|1.||"Friday on My Mind"||George Young, Harry Vanda||The Easybeats||3:18|
|2.||"Sorrow" (*)||Bob Feldman, Jerry Goldstein, Richard Gottehrer||The Merseys||2:48|
|3.||"Don't Bring Me Down"||Johnnie Dee||Pretty Things||2:01|
|4.||"Shapes of Things"||Paul Samwell-Smith, Jim McCarty, Keith Relf||The Yardbirds||2:47|
|5.||"Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere"||Roger Daltrey, Townshend||The Who||3:04|
|6.||"Where Have All the Good Times Gone"||Ray Davies||The Kinks||2:35|
- Sides one and two were combined as tracks 1–12 on CD reissues.
|Bonus Tracks (1990 Rykodisc/EMI)|
|13.||"Growin' Up" (Previously unreleased; from the early Diamond Dogs sessions)||Bruce Springsteen||Bruce Springsteen||3:26|
|14.||"Port of Amsterdam" (B-side of the "Sorrow" single)||Jacques Brel, trans. Mort Shuman||Jacques Brel||3:19|
Songs marked with a * were not recorded for the first time by the acts listed, but were popularized by them.
- David Bowie – vocals, guitar, tenor and alto saxophone, harmonica, arrangements, backing vocals, Moog synthesiser
- Mick Ronson – guitar, piano, vocals, arrangements
- Trevor Bolder – bass guitar
- Aynsley Dunbar – drums
- Mike Garson – piano, organ, harpsichord, electric piano
- Ken Fordham – baritone saxophone
- G.A. MacCormack – backing vocals
- Ronnie Wood – guitar on "Growin' Up"
- David Bowie – producer
- Ken Scott – producer
- Dennis MacKay – engineer
- Dr. Toby Mountain – mastering engineer (1990)
- Jonathan Wyner – mastering assistant (1990)
- Peter Mew – mastering engineer (1999)
- Nigel Reeve – mastering engineer (1999)
|1973||Finnish album Charts||1|
|1973||UK Album Charts||1|
|1973||Billboard Pop Albums||23|
|1973||Norwegian album Charts||8|
|1973||Australian Kent Report album Charts||4|
|1973||"Sorrow"||UK Singles Chart||3|
Certifications and sales
|United Kingdom (BPI)||Gold||147,000|
*sales figures based on certification alone
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