Masters of Rock and Psychedelia –
“Diamond Dogs” is a 1974 single by David Bowie, and the title track of the album of the same name.
The lyric introduces the listener to Bowies latest persona and his environment; Halloween Jack dwells on top of tenement buildings in a post-apocalyptic Manhattan. The guitar sound is heavily influenced by The Rolling Stones, and signalled Bowie moving away from glam rock and closer to a proto-punk Stooges-influenced sound.
The track was considered by many commentators to be an unconventional single, and only reached UK #21. According to NME critics Roy Carr and Charles Shaar Murray, “As a potential hit single, the title track from Diamond Dogs was something of a non-event. Too long, too bleak in vision, too tough to dance to… you know the drill.”
While it failed to make the US charts, the song became a central part of Bowies North American tour in 1974.
The B-side was a version of Bowies 1971 single “Holy Holy”, re-recorded during the Ziggy Stardust sessions the same year.