Joe the Lion

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"Joe the Lion"Joe the Lion_header_cell_0_0_0
Song by David BowieJoe the Lion_header_cell_0_1_0
from the album "Heroes"Joe the Lion_header_cell_0_2_0
ReleasedJoe the Lion_header_cell_0_3_0 14 October 1977Joe the Lion_cell_0_3_1
RecordedJoe the Lion_header_cell_0_4_0 Hansa Studio by the Wall, West Berlin

July–August 1977Joe the Lion_cell_0_4_1

GenreJoe the Lion_header_cell_0_5_0 Art rock, krautrockJoe the Lion_cell_0_5_1
LengthJoe the Lion_header_cell_0_6_0 3:05Joe the Lion_cell_0_6_1
LabelJoe the Lion_header_cell_0_7_0 RCAJoe the Lion_cell_0_7_1
Songwriter(s)Joe the Lion_header_cell_0_8_0 David BowieJoe the Lion_cell_0_8_1
Producer(s)Joe the Lion_header_cell_0_9_0 David Bowie, Tony ViscontiJoe the Lion_cell_0_9_1

"Joe the Lion" is a song written by David Bowie in 1977 for the album "Heroes". Joe the Lion_sentence_0

It was produced by Bowie and Tony Visconti and features lead guitar by Robert Fripp. Joe the Lion_sentence_1

Like the album as a whole, the song demonstrates the influence of German Krautrock. Joe the Lion_sentence_2

The track is in part a tribute to performance artist Chris Burden, who was famous for having himself crucified to a Volkswagen in 1974 ("Nail me to my car and I'll tell you who you are") and for having an assistant shoot him in the arm at an art gallery in 1971 ("Guess you'll buy a gun / You'll buy it secondhand"). Joe the Lion_sentence_3

"Joe the Lion" has also been seen as reflecting Bowie's struggle to overcome the emotional numbness that appeared to permeate his previous album Low ("You get up and sleep"). Joe the Lion_sentence_4

Bowie rehearsed the song for the Isolar II tour of 1978, but it ultimately wasn’t performed live until the 1983 Serious Moonlight and 1995 Outside tours, and it was considered (but ultimately not performed) for his 1987 Glass Spider Tour. Joe the Lion_sentence_5

"Joe the Lion" has been described by critic Chris O'Leary as "phenomenal" and "one of the high peaks of Bowie's late Seventies". Joe the Lion_sentence_6

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  • The song was released as the B-side of the US release of "John, I’m Only Dancing (Again)" in December 1979.Joe the Lion_item_0_0
  • It appeared on the following compilations:Joe the Lion_item_0_1
  • A remixed version, which replaced the distorted guitars and drums of the original with those reflecting late-1980s production values, was included in the Rykodisc reissue of "Heroes" in 1991.Joe the Lion_item_0_4
  • A previously unreleased live soundcheck rehearsal of the song from the Isolar II Tour was released in February 2020, backing a picture disc, featuring a live recording of “Alabama Song“.Joe the Lion_item_0_5
  • Momus performed a cover version of "Joe the Lion" for his 2015 album Turpsycore.Joe the Lion_item_0_6

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