David Bowie’s second single with the Lower Third, ‘Can’t Help Thinking About Me’, was released in the United Kingdom on Friday 14 January 1966.
I think the first song I ever wrote – there might be others but this is the only one that sticks out – was called ‘Can’t Help Thinking About Me’. (breaks up laughing) That’s an illuminating little piece, isn’t it? It was about leaving home and moving up to London. ‘The London Boys’ was another one about being a mod. It was an anti-pill song; I wasn’t particularly pro the thing – after a bit.
Musician magazine, May 1983
‘Can’t Help Thinking About Me’ was recorded in December 1965, at Pye Studios in ATV House, 40 Bryanston Street, London. It was produced by Tony Hatch, who also played piano on the recording.
It was a huge disappointment that it wasn’t a hit. The first one didn’t do much and this one we hoped would do better – though it did get into the lower reaches of one of the charts.
David was fronting the band and leading it, but Ralph wanted to separate him so the Lower Third would be his backing band. But we saw ourselves as a four-piece band who were all going to get on in the business.
David Bowie: Ultimate Record Collection (Uncut)
Also on this day...
- 1977: Album release: Low
- 1974: Recording: Rock ‘N’ Roll With Me, Candidate, Big Brother, Diamond Dogs
- 1965: The Manish Boys audition for Hamburg’s Star-Club
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