20 Insanely Great David Bowie Songs Only Hardcore Fans Know

A deep dive into the Thin White Duke's catalog, beyond "Space Oddity" and "Heroes"

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19. "Holy Holy"

Bowie first recorded "Holy Holy" with the future members of the Spiders From Mars shortly after the Man Who Sold the World sessions. It totally stiffed as a single, but Bowie still believed in the track and re-cut a year later during the Ziggy Stardust sessions. It's a huge improvement on the original, significantly faster and with drastically improved guitar parts by Mick Ronson. Few songs in Bowie's catalog are as directly T. Rex-inspired, as this and the lyrics show a clear fascination with Aleister Crowley.

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