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David Bowie Shares New Song With Very Morrissey Title

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Jimmy King

David Bowie is celebrating 50 years since his first recording, so why not put out a few new ones? Back in October, he shared a new song called “Sue (Or in a Season of Crime),” and now he’s dropped its b-side: a cantankerous, experimental trip rather crankily-titled called “’Tis a Pity She Was a Whore.”

Check out the new song below:

Its title certainly sounds like something pulled from the Morrissey songbook, but according to Bowie’s Facebook page, it gets its title from a 17th century English play called 'Tis Pity She's a Whore. He also says it was inspired by the destruction of World War I. He writes, “If Vorticists [abstract artists inspired by the war] wrote Rock Music it might have sounded like this”.

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The new song pairing comes out Nov. 18 in the U.S. on 10” vinyl and as a digital download. “Sue,” the A-side, comes from the new career-spanning Bowie compilation Nothing Has Changed, due out the same day as the single.

Bowie’s last album was 2013’s The Next Day, which debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200, good for his highest debut ever.

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