Can't Help Thinking About Me

Album: Single release only (1966)
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  • 18-year-old Davie Jones became David Bowie in late 1965, to avoid confusion with the actor/singer Davy Jones (soon to become a member of The Monkees). This single, released under the name David Bowie with The Lower Third, was his first song under his new performing moniker.
  • The song was recorded in the basement of Pye's offices in Great Cumberland Place, Central London on December 10, 1965. Bowie has been signed to the Pye Records label through the successful hitmaker Tony Hatch based on two demos (this song and "Now You've Met The London Boys") just a fortnight previously. Hatch also played piano on the recording and provided backing vocals along with the rest of his group.
  • Bowie admitted when introducing this song during a 1999 performance for VH1 Storytellers, that lyrically, this wasn't his finest hour: "It's a beautiful piece of solipsism; it's called 'Can't Help Thinking About Me,'" he said. "And it does contain, though some might disagree, one of the worst… two of the worst lines I've ever written. I actually have to sing this: "My girl calls my name. 'Hi, Dave. Drop in, come back, see you around, if you're this way again.'"
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