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The long-lost David Bowie album Toy has leaked online.
posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn (65 comments total) 28 users marked this as a favorite

 
(I'm not directly linking to the leak because of legality, and I don't want to link to something that will soon be taken down).
posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn at 5:47 PM on March 22, 2011


!
posted by The Whelk at 5:50 PM on March 22, 2011


Toys
Toys
Toys keep leaking
Toys always get online

They'll never clone ya
You're always first on the web
When you're a toy
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 5:52 PM on March 22, 2011 [13 favorites]


Could someone link it? Pretty please?
posted by stinkycheese at 5:59 PM on March 22, 2011 [1 favorite]


Any one of my friends would tell you I'm obsessed with Bowie - but only his work up until 1980. BUT, if this has "In the Heat of the Morning" I'm all fucking over it. The version on BBC sessions is so great.
posted by hafehd at 6:02 PM on March 22, 2011 [2 favorites]


http://www.google.com/search?q=BOWIE+TOY+TORRENT
posted by cavalier at 6:02 PM on March 22, 2011 [3 favorites]


The last two studio albums with Tony Visconti have been GREAT, for those of you who have strayed over the years. Toy has earlier versions of a lot of material from these new albums.
posted by Aquaman at 6:05 PM on March 22, 2011 [2 favorites]


i still need to play that adventure game he starred in. Omikron: Nomad Soul
posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn at 6:06 PM on March 22, 2011


Bowie has declined comment about the leak. I wouldn't be surprised to find that he leaked it himself. I'm looking forward to having a listen. I liked the Heathen album which featured two re-worked tracks from Toy- Slip Away (Uncle Floyd) and Afraid. Still, I would love for Mr. B to release some brand new material and play some more shows.
posted by kimdog at 6:08 PM on March 22, 2011 [1 favorite]


The last two studio albums with Tony Visconti have been GREAT, for those of you who have strayed over the years.

Seconding this. Both Heathen and Reality are first rate albums and deserve a listen if you haven't given them one.

And who could blame you for not giving them a listen after Tonight?
posted by Joey Michaels at 6:10 PM on March 22, 2011 [2 favorites]


i still need to play that adventure game he starred in. Omikron: Nomad Soul

My very first FIRST like paid art job was winning a fan-art contest to do a poster for that.

I did it just cause I was a huge teenage Bowie-nerd and he made a whole new song for it.

and he's not in it, right? It was like a pre WOW MMOPG right?
posted by The Whelk at 6:14 PM on March 22, 2011 [1 favorite]


Nope it was an adventure game and he has two appearances in it.
posted by The Whelk at 6:17 PM on March 22, 2011 [1 favorite]


I have 3 different RAR files on their way to me. All say they are "Toy" by David Bowie, and all three have different filesizes. Due to encoding rates or malware? Let's find out!
posted by jtron at 6:18 PM on March 22, 2011 [2 favorites]


1.Outside was another terrific post-1980 Bowie album.
posted by Sticherbeast at 6:18 PM on March 22, 2011 [9 favorites]


I feel this could be amazing or awful, only 10 min more and we will find out.
posted by Felex at 6:23 PM on March 22, 2011


I need to hear this, because Heathen was a fucking magnificent album and a total return to form.
posted by Decani at 6:27 PM on March 22, 2011 [1 favorite]


Well that almost 90 second intro to Uncle Floyd (first track) is certainly pretty crazy - shades of laughing gnome crazy.
posted by VikingSword at 6:43 PM on March 22, 2011


Laughing Gnome crazy? Well in that case I'll listen to it now! I love that song
posted by jtron at 6:45 PM on March 22, 2011


By the way, the best of the albums I found online was 256 kbit and 110 MB with 14 tracks.

The other two I found were 58.6 MB (12 tracks) and 42.6 MB (15 tracks). Straight to the trash.
posted by jtron at 6:49 PM on March 22, 2011


1.Outside was another terrific post-1980 Bowie album.

And, you know, there were some great songs on Earthling and Hours, too.

Case in point.
posted by Joey Michaels at 6:53 PM on March 22, 2011 [2 favorites]


And, you know, there were some great songs on Earthling and Hours, too.

Not to mention most of Black Tie White Noise. This whole "Bowie was only good up to X" is malarkey. The only album of his that I don't listen to is Never Let Me Down. Even Tonight has some good stuff.
posted by VikingSword at 7:03 PM on March 22, 2011 [2 favorites]


The only album of his that I don't listen to is Never Let Me Down.

You know, I love Bowie, but damn if that album isn't frustrating. And why oh why is Glass Spider the only tour of his I've ever seen???!?! *weeps in the darkness, gnashing of teeth*
posted by hippybear at 7:29 PM on March 22, 2011


You can't spell grar without rar.
posted by buzzman at 7:53 PM on March 22, 2011 [2 favorites]


My dropbox is absorbing this as a zip right now. If you want and don't want to bother finding it other ways, memail me.
posted by hippybear at 7:56 PM on March 22, 2011


Why isn't this showing up on private trackers? (I consider Low to be the best album of the 70s and if you think about it really hard I think you'd be hard pressed to disagree).
posted by geoff. at 8:10 PM on March 22, 2011


Squee! Plotz! Other happy sound effects!

Now will someone tell me to which damn elder god I have to sacrifice my firstborn in order to get Bowie touring again?
posted by cmyk at 8:16 PM on March 22, 2011


The only album of his that I don't listen to is Never Let Me Down.

All right, I offer you "Time Will Crawl" and "Never Let Me Down" as evidence that that album wasn't a total wash-out either, though the production is dated and dreadful, the songs are really rather good.

And, as for Tonight, the production harmed it, but damn "Loving The Alien" is gorgeous when stripped down (and wasn't half bad when it was originally released despite some of the excesses).
posted by Joey Michaels at 8:18 PM on March 22, 2011 [1 favorite]


For what its worth, I'm on record as defending Bowie's 80's output, though I still haven't forgiven him for his cover of "Dancing In The Streets")
posted by Joey Michaels at 8:26 PM on March 22, 2011


This is really, really cool, but if I had to choose one unreleased Bowie album to leak it'd definitely be 2. Contamination. Lately I've gotten really really into 1. Outside and it's become one of my favorite Bowie albums. I heard Contamination was fully recorded but hadn't been edited or mastered. I would love to at least hear the raw sessions for that one!
posted by One Second Before Awakening at 8:36 PM on March 22, 2011 [3 favorites]


Yes, Joey, after all, I did link to Loving the Alien above :). But while I hear you on Never Let Me Down, it's just not very good - production is only part of it (an argument Bowie himself makes, blaming it all on production). As a massive Bowie fanatic, I'm stretching to the breaking point and beyond, but even I cannot defend NLMD - it's a nadir and it pains me to say so. I mean, short of going to insane lengths, I cannot find anything that's better than utter mediocrity (insane lengths: I like the way he sings these couple of lines "Gone, gone the water's all gone. Mummy come back 'cause the water's all gone." - there, the only passable thing from the entire wretched album).
posted by VikingSword at 8:39 PM on March 22, 2011


Googling "bowie toy rapidshare" works a lot better for me, these days I find any attempt to google 'foo bar torrent' turns up a fuckton of sites that claim to have five different links to "plausible filename for exactly what you searched for.torrent" behind a registration wall.

I like Never Let Me Down but then again I can't listen to most of his pre-eighties work; really the stuff I like is what he started doing after being influenced by the industrial acts who were inspired by him.
posted by egypturnash at 9:26 PM on March 22, 2011


The word I use to describe Bowie is Chameleon. I mean, Looking for Satellites is the same guy who wrote Aladdin Sane? Is the same guy as Joe the Lion? Is the same guy as (I'll cop to loving it) Under the God? Amlapura? What an amazing career.

I excited about this.
posted by Devils Rancher at 9:28 PM on March 22, 2011 [1 favorite]


I'm so excited that I can't type!
posted by Devils Rancher at 9:30 PM on March 22, 2011 [1 favorite]


Some of the tracks emerged on his 2002 comeback album Heathen or as b-sides.

"Comeback album"? Two and a half years after his previous album?
posted by Sys Rq at 10:14 PM on March 22, 2011


Hey a Bowie fanboy thread! Sign me up, the man is a genius, though I am a fan who fell away somewhere in the last decade. I did just buy Heathen on the recommendations here and am loving it so far. What do I buy next?
posted by LarryC at 10:40 PM on March 22, 2011


What do I buy next?

All of it that you don't already have?

I enjoy Reality quite a bit... and 1. Outside is pretty great. I'm still sad that he never followed through on the concept behind that.
posted by hippybear at 10:46 PM on March 22, 2011


What do I buy next?

Basquiat!
posted by Sys Rq at 10:59 PM on March 22, 2011 [1 favorite]


Hole in the Ground: is this a cover of Bernard Cribbins classic or what?
posted by PeterMcDermott at 11:35 PM on March 22, 2011


I'm with Joey. The man is a God, he's allowed to have clay feet (Dancing in the Streets), the the rest of his output has me in the clouds.
posted by arcticseal at 11:41 PM on March 22, 2011


Ah, apparently not. I'd hoped he might have been reprising his novelty-song-singing, Anthony Newley-imitating roots.
posted by PeterMcDermott at 11:48 PM on March 22, 2011 [1 favorite]


The final track, The London Boys, is a Marc Almond cover.
I LOVE MARC ALMOND.
It's really nice to hear Mister Bowie giving Marc a moment.
posted by artof.mulata at 1:46 AM on March 23, 2011


Eh, you do realise that the Marc Almond song is a cover of an old David Bowie song, which he remade for Toy?
posted by cincinnatus c at 3:14 AM on March 23, 2011


He also does a great cover of that Nirvana song!
posted by Sys Rq at 3:21 AM on March 23, 2011


And he knows some Bauhaus, too!
posted by Sys Rq at 3:24 AM on March 23, 2011


A SLOW, BLOATED "IN THE HEAT OF THE MORNING" WITH NO HAMMOND ORGAN ?????????????


We need an intervention here to surgically remove bowie from his terrible, bloody awful collaborators.
posted by sgt.serenity at 4:56 AM on March 23, 2011


At first, when I read the track list, I was kind of skeptical--I used to have recordings of the earlier songs that he remade, but mostly only out of curiosity--but I have to admit that there have been Bowie songs that I didn't like in the original version, but appreciated in remakes or live performances.

For example, I never liked The Man Who Sold The World, even though I loved the albums before and after it, but after I got the Bowie at the Beeb three-disc, I really loved the acoustic version of "The Supermen" and the live version of "The Man Who Sold The World" (it was from the third disc, which has songs taken from a 2000 performance, and I think that it's influenced by Nirvana's cover on Unplugged). Similarly, I liked "Let's Dance" from the 2000 show in a way that I never liked the original; the first part of the song is done in this sort of slow, dreamy, lounge-y style, and then Bowie breaks into the faster, stomping style of the original, and it just works better that way. (Bowie pulls a similar trick on "What In the World" in Stage, where the first half is done in a bouncy reggae style and then it speeds up for the rest; even though I quite like the original, I prefer the live version.)

My current candidate for a Bowie song remake would be "Red Sails", from another album that I never cared for, Lodger (again, kind of peculiar because "Heroes" and Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) are about my first and second favorite Bowie albums). It's not that I can't listen to the original, but there's just this huge, epic song in there that needs to be let out.
posted by Halloween Jack at 8:13 AM on March 23, 2011 [1 favorite]


Favorite Bowie song no one else likes: Five Years
posted by The Whelk at 8:19 AM on March 23, 2011 [4 favorites]


Favorite Bowie song no one else likes: Five Years

Oh, you're not the only one who likes it. I'm particularly fond of this cover (by one of my favorite bands).
posted by hippybear at 8:22 AM on March 23, 2011 [1 favorite]


I LIKED EARTHLING. THERE. I SAID IT.
posted by Jilder at 8:28 AM on March 23, 2011 [1 favorite]


from another album that I never cared for, Lodger...

Lodger simply isn't mixed too well, and that gets in the way of my enjoyment, but it's got some great songs on it. Though Repetition makes me want to claw my ears off (that's probably the point, but still...)
posted by Devils Rancher at 8:28 AM on March 23, 2011


I LIKED EARTHLING. THERE. I SAID IT.

*raises hand*

Again, production-wise, there's some problems. It's awfully "keep up with the Jonses and their new-fangled DAW stylings" but there's some gems in there. Looking for Satellites, Seven Years in Tibet, I'm Afraid of Americans -- all great stuff.
posted by Devils Rancher at 8:31 AM on March 23, 2011


Thank you!
posted by perilous at 8:52 AM on March 23, 2011


I like "Five Years" bunches, like most tall short people, and had no idea it was disliked. Like, at all.
posted by jtron at 9:05 AM on March 23, 2011


*gasp*

Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! Holy shit I'm jumping up and down!!!!! Thank you so much for the heads-up about this. This album leaking has literally been a dream of mine since I first heard Heathen. This seriously just made my day. Good god I can barely think straight. Downloading now. I don't even think I'm going to eat lunch today, I'm just going to sit in my car during my break, drink some coffee, smoke a cigarette or two, and absorb.

I've heard a handful of songs on the album; several (apparent) Toy outtakes also surfaced as various Heathen-era b-sides. If you can find them, Solid Jackson and When The Boys Come Marching Home are both incredible. I've heard the reworking of Conversation Piece and Shadow Man; both are excellent. My understanding is that Slip Away (née Uncle Floyd) and Afraid are slightly different versions on Toy. Can't wait to hear them. Another somewhat rare collaboration from around this time: Safe

I'm really glad to see so many mefites defending Bowie's latter-day material. I love pretty much everything in his catalog. Certainly, I'd usually rather listen to Scary Monsters than Tin Machine II, but there's plenty of substantial gems (e.g. Baby Universal) to keep you interested. Oddly enough, I usually find myself listening to Bowie's 90's/00's albums these days. Earthling and Outside are both excellent albums in my opinion, and I never understood why they were so maligned. Songs like Thru These Architects' Eyes and Seven Years In Tibet are classic Bowie to me, or at least as close to classic Bowie that you could hope to get at their time of release. And I've always found Hours to be a very strong record as well. The Dreamers, What's Really Happening, Thursday's Child... so good.

But Heathen, though... I consider Heathen to be among my favorite Bowie albums (alongside Scary Monsters and Station to Station). A perfect summation of Bowie's strengths, in my opinion. I really love it. And that's why I'm freaking out so badly at the moment over getting a chance to hear the album that served as Heathen's genesis.

Sorry for any rambling and/or grammatical errors. Too much non-work time has already been spent on this. Ah, well. Download just finished. I'm seriously on cloud nine right now. Bowie's my absolute hero and my all-time favorite musician. This is incredible.
posted by kryptondog at 9:38 AM on March 23, 2011 [3 favorites]


Same here on "Five Years." Kicks off that album perfectly.

I remember catching the premier of "Heart's Filthy Lesson" on 120 Minutes back in the day and bolting out to get Outside. I still really like that album.

And yeah, Heathen was really good. Never listened to the one after that, but I guess I should.

I downloaded...something calling itself Toy last night. haven't managed to listened to it yet.
posted by Maaik at 9:42 AM on March 23, 2011


In terms of latter-day Bowie, I'd have to say that Black Tie White Noise is still my favorite, which is kind of peculiar because I really didn't like the previous Bowie-Rodgers collaboration, Let's Dance, overall (although, as previously noted, I liked the reworked version of the title cut from Bowie at the Beeb; I also prefer the original Giorgio Moroder-produced version of "Cat People (Putting Out Fire)" (and was really happy when Quentin Tarantino used that version in Inglourious Basterds), and I guess I liked "China Girl" OK, but it always seemed like Bowie was consciously imitating Iggy Pop's version). I also like "I'm Afraid of Americans", again a song that I first heard on Bowie at the Beeb.

And speaking of latter-day Bowie, how weird is it that Paul Verhoeven used Bowie songs in two subsequent films? An alternate version of "I'm Afraid of Americans" was in Showgirls and an altered cover of "I Have Not Been To Oxford Town" is in Starship Troopers.
posted by Halloween Jack at 10:56 AM on March 23, 2011


Yeah, "Five Years" rules. Had no clue it wasn't liked.
posted by defenestration at 12:39 PM on March 23, 2011


This is awesome! (Well, in theory... I'm still in the process of downloading it...)

Count me in w/ those who are hoping for Bowie to do some new material or tour again. As a superfan who was born a couple decades too late, I'm starting to worry I'll never get the chance to see him live.
posted by rebel_rebel at 1:25 PM on March 23, 2011 [1 favorite]


"Five Years" is the shit, man. love it.
posted by Joey Michaels at 1:54 PM on March 23, 2011


The claim that the opening track on his one of Bowie's most popular and generally-well-regarded albums is some kind of underdog track is odd.

I'll go waaaay out on a limb and admit that I like some popular, critically beloved music as well.
posted by anazgnos at 2:04 PM on March 23, 2011 [1 favorite]


his
posted by anazgnos at 2:05 PM on March 23, 2011


Let Me Sleep Beside You is one of the best creepy-old-man-songs ever. This version did not disappoint me.
posted by shelleycat at 8:23 PM on March 23, 2011


By the way, the best of the albums I found online was 256 kbit and 110 MB with 14 tracks.

The other two I found were 58.6 MB (12 tracks) and 42.6 MB (15 tracks). Straight to the trash.


The 256/k rip seems to be transcoded from a lower-bitrate source. There's probably no difference in quality between the different file sizes as they all seem to come from the same low-quality source.
posted by anazgnos at 6:58 AM on March 24, 2011


ahem.

Uncle Floyd
Afraid
Baby Loves That Way
I Dig Everything
Conversation Piece
Let Me Sleep Beside You
Toy (Your Turn To Drive)
Hole In The Ground
Shadow Man
In The Heat Of The Morning
You've Got A Habit Of Leaving
Silly Boy Blue
Liza Jane
The London Boys
posted by suedehead at 10:47 AM on March 24, 2011 [2 favorites]


The Uncle Floyd Show
posted by anazgnos at 11:00 AM on March 24, 2011


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