David Bowie – “‘Tis A Pity She Was A Whore”

David Bowie has a career-spanning retrospective called Nothing Has Changed coming out in about a week, and it includes the new single “Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime),” which we posted last month. That song is about to come out as its own 10″ single, and it features a B-side called “‘Tis A Pity She Was A Whore.” It’s a dark and jittery song with a keyboard that sounds like it’s about to whirl right off the track. The song takes its title from a John Ford Restoration play first performed in 1629, and Bowie himself describes it thusly: “If Vorticists wrote Rock Music it might have sounded like this.” (The Vorticists were a British avant garde art movement from the early 20th century. The BBC DJ Sean Keaveny recently debuted the track, and as Pitchfork points out, you can check it out here; it’s near the 2:49:00 mark. You can also hear it below while YouTube lasts.

Nothing Has Changed is out 11/17 in the UK via Parlophone and 11/18 in the US via Columbia/Legacy. The “Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime)” single is out digitally now.

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