The Width Of A Circle album cover (2021)Written by: David Bowie
Recorded: 1970

Released: 28 May 2021

Available on:
The Width Of A Circle

Personnel

David Bowie: vocals
Michael Garrett

‘Threepenny Pierrot’ was written and recorded by David Bowie for the 1970 television special The Looking Glass Murders, also known as Pierrot In Turquoise.

The show was filmed at Edinburgh’s Gateway Theatre in early 1970. Bowie was offered a part by Lindsay Kemp, and in it he mimed to the new songs ‘Threepenny Pierrot’, ‘Columbine’, and ‘The Mirror’, plus two versions of 1967’s ‘When I Live My Dream’.

‘Threepenny Pierrot’ features Bowie singing to a accompaniment by Kemp’s regular pianist Michael Garrett. The song’s melody is based on Bowie’s earlier song ‘London Bye Ta-Ta’.

The Looking Glass Murders was included in the DVD release of Love You Till Tuesday in 2005.

All five songs from the show, including ‘Threepenny Pierrot’, were released in May 2021 in the box set The Width Of A Circle.