It was “a bit grey” outside on March 20, 1979, or so says a peak-era David Bowie as he was handed the controls of BBC Radio One.

With that, Bowie provides a 2 hour BBC mix featuring some of his favourite tracks of the time. It is a solid combination of well known classics and under-appreciated gems, each introduced by the seminal tastemaker himself. Velvet Underground, Talking Heads, Blondie, Roxy Music, even Bruce Springsteen, all feature, alongside more obscure fair like ? & The Mysterians and The Mekons.

With a quick closing of the eyes and a trip to a pre-Internet world, the set takes on some long lost nostalgia for those yearning for the days when DJs and Artists bypassed the Twitter and Tumblr’s of the worl to bring audiences the latest, greatest, and rarest of cuts…


The Doors, “Love Street”
Iggy Pop, “TV Eye”
John Lennon, “Remember”
? & The Mysterians, “96 Tears”
Edward Elgar, “The Nursery Suite” (extract)
Danny Kaye, “Inchworm”
Philip Glass, “Trial Prison”
The Velvet Underground, “Sweet Jane”
Mars, “Helen Fordsdale”
Little Richard, “He’s My Star”
King Crimson, “21st Century Schizoid Man”
Talking Heads, “Warning Sign”
Jeff Beck, “Beck’s Bolero”
Ronnie Spector, “Try Some, Buy Some”
Marc Bolan, “20th Century Boy”
The Mekons, “Where Were You?”
Steve Forbert, “Big City Cat”
The Rolling Stones, “We Love You”
Roxy Music, “2HB”
Bruce Springsteen, “It’s Hard To Be A Saint In The City”
Stevie Wonder, “Fingertips”
Blondie, “Rip Her To Shreds”
Bob Seger, “Beautiful Loser”
David Bowie, “Boys Keep Swinging”
David Bowie, “Yassassin”
Talking Heads, “Book I Read”
Roxy Music, “For Your Pleasure”
King Curtis, “Something On Your Mind”
The Staple Singers, “Lies”

Source: Dangerous Minds