'Holy Grail' of unheard Bowie tracks up for auction: Incredible songs are star 'in full-on weird mode'

7 May 2019, 14:46 | Updated: 7 May 2019, 23:58

David Bowie unheard tracks to go under the hammer
David Bowie unheard tracks to go under the hammer. Picture: Getty

By Giorgina Ramazzotti

Four previously unreleased David Bowie tracks recorded between 1966 and 1967 are going under the hammer.

The reel-to-reel tape entitled Funny Smile will be sold for the first time, with the tracks believed rejected from his debut album - possibly because they were "too quirky."

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The four songs were recorded at Decca Studios in West Hampstead, London when Bowie was recording his first, self-titled album and is expected to fetch more than £10,000 at Omega Auctions.

David Bowie's previously unheard tracks are on sale May 22
David Bowie's previously unheard tracks are on sale May 22. Picture: Omega Auctions

David Bowie expert Paul Kinder told the Press Association: “The four tracks on this tape didn’t make the cut – possibly because they were too quirky – even for famously oddball early David Bowie recordings.

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“One song, Bunny Thing, shows Bowie in full-on, presumably drug inspired or fuelled, weird mode.

“It’s a beat poem about rabbits smuggling drugs, complete with in-character reminisces of an aged German bunny.

Rock legend David Bowie performs on stage
Rock legend David Bowie performs on stage. Picture: Getty

“There’s also a very solid and catchy R&B number, Funny Smile, (and) a version of totally weird music hall, mockney accent-heavy Pussy Cat…

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“For Bowie fans – these tracks represent part of the ‘holy grail’ of unreleased recordings.”

The tape, which has never been sold before, goes on sale - alongside other rare Bowie pieces - at Omega Auctions in Newton-Le-Willows on May 22.

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