David Bowie’s single ‘Jump They Say’ was released on 15 March 1993, three weeks ahead of the Black Tie White Noise album.
Although the first release from the album sessions had been the ‘Real Cool World’ single, issued in August 1992, ‘Jump They Say’ was marketed as Bowie’s comeback single, following the disbandment of Tin Machine.
With this album I feel that it’s going to get a really good reaction among my hard-core fans. But how much of an audience something gets is really down to the singles these days and I really don’t know what they would release as a single.
Arena, Spring/Summer 1993
‘Jump They Say’ reached number nine in the UK charts, becoming Bowie’s only top 10 single there between 1986’s ‘Absolute Beginners’ and 2013’s ‘Where Are We Now?’.
The single was also a top ten hit in Denmark, Norway, and Spain, and in the US it reached number six on the Billboard Dance Club Play chart.
It was released by Bowie’s new label, Savage Records, on an array of formats including 7″, 12″, and compact disc.
The 7″ single contained a radio edit of ‘Jump They Say’, with ‘Pallas Athena’ (Don’t Stop Praying Mix) on the b-side.
In the EU there were two 12″ singles. The first contained four versions of ‘Jump They Say’: the Hardhands Mix; Full album version; Leftfield 12″ vocal; and Dub Oddity Mix.
The second 12″ had the Club Hart remix; JAE-E Mix; JAE-E Dub; Leftfield remix; Dub Oddity, another Leftfield remix; and ‘Pallas Athena’ (Don’t Stop Praying Mix).
In the US a different 12″ single was issued, containing the song’s Brothers in Rhythm mix; Leftfield remix; JAE-E remix; Brothers in Rhythm edit; Dub Oddity remix; and ‘Pallas Athena’ (Don’t Stop Praying Mix).
The US also had a CD single containing the album version; Radio Edit 1 (the same as the JAE-E edit); Club Hart remix; Leftfield remix; and the album version and Don’t Stop Praying mix of ‘Pallas Athena’.
Two CD singles were available in the UK. The first was issued in a two-disc case to also house CD2, and came with an eight-page Bowie discography. The tracks were the 7″ version; Hard Hands Mix; JAE-E Mix; and ‘Pallas Athena’ (Don’t Stop Praying Mix).
The second CD contained the Brothers in Rhythm mix; Brothers in Rhythm Instrumental; Leftfield 12″ vocal; and the full album version of ‘Jump They Say’.
The EU CD single contained the radio edit; JAE-E edit; Club Hart remix; Leftfield 12″ vocal; album version; and ‘Pallas Athena’ (Don’t Stop Praying Mix).
Also on this day...
- 1990: Live: Pacific Coliseum, Vancouver
- 1976: Live: Spectrum, Philadelphia
- 1969: Live: David Bowie and Hutch, Guildhall, Guildford
- 1968: Stage: Pierrot In Turquoise, Mercury Theatre, London
- 1967: Rehearsal: David Bowie and the Riot Squad
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