Recording: The Astronettes

David Bowie started work on producing an album by The Astronettes on 4 December 1973.

The Astronettes – Ava Cherry, Jason Guess, and Geoff MacCormack – were a trio of singers who had backed Bowie during the recent television special The 1980 Floor Show. Bowie was also in a relationship with Cherry at this time.

This session took place at Olympic Sound Studios in Barnes, London. The backing musicians were guitarist Mark Pritchett, bassist Herbie Flowers, keyboard player Mike Garson, and drummer Aynsley Dunbar.

Bowie also worked on a Lulu session around this time, as well as his own work on the Diamond Dogs album.

The Astronettes recordings, which continued until 15 January 1974, were released in 1995 on the album People From Bad Homes. The most notable song was ‘I Am A Laser’, which Bowie later rewrote as ‘Scream Like A Baby’.

Last updated: 16 May 2023
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