Released: September 1989
David Bowie: vocals, guitar
Reeves Gabrels, Kevin Armstrong: guitar
Tony Sales: bass guitar, vocals
Hunt Sales: drums, vocals
Tin Machine released a live version of Bob Dylan’s ‘Maggie’s Farm’ as a single in September 1989.
In the 1980s it was adopted in the UK as a protest song against prime minister Margaret Thatcher, whose politics David Bowie had previously criticised on ‘’87 And Cry’.
Tin Machine released a double a-side single in September 1989. It contained ‘Tin Machine’ and the live version of ‘Maggie’s Farm’.
The single was issued in three formats. The 7″ vinyl contained the two songs, while a 12″ version added a live recording of ‘I Can’t Read’.
The CD single contained ‘Tin Machine’, ‘Maggie’s Farm’ (live), ‘I Can’t Read’ (live), and ‘Bus Stop’ (live). The live versions on each format were all recorded at the band’s show at La Cigale in Paris on 25 June 1989.
A promotional video contained footage from Tin Machine’s Amsterdam show on 24 June.
The single was not a commercial success, peaking at number 48 on the UK singles chart.