David Bowie - Ouvrez Le Chien Image

We can’t pronounce it either, but damn if don’t sound good! Bowie’s “OUVREZ LE CHIEN” was recorded live at the Starplex Amphitheater, Dallas, 13th October, 1995, during the US leg of the Outside Tour. It also features two bonus tracks Moonage Daydream and Under Pressure recorded live at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, 13th December, 1995. Previously available on the Hallo Spaceboy CD single, both tracks are making their streaming debut.

This unreleased David Bowie concert recording from 1995 will debut on streaming services July 3rd with the release of “Ouvrez Le Chien (Live Dallas 95)”.

The live LP captures the late icon midway through his tour in support of 1995’s Outside. The gig’s set list leans heavily on that Brian Eno co-produced album, with tracks like “The Voyeur of Utter Destruction (as Beauty),” “I Have Not Been to Oxford Town,” “I’m Deranged,” and “The Hearts Filthy Lesson.”

The mysterious phrase ‘Zane, zane, zane, ouvre le chien’ (‘open the dog’ in French) had originally appeared on Bowie’s 1970 album track ‘All The Madmen’. He used it again in 1993 on the song ‘Buddha Of Suburbia’Ouvrez Le Chien added the missing ‘z’ from ‘ouvrez’. The grammatically-correct phrase, and its English counterpart, was used in the stage set of the Outside Tour. It does not, however, appear elsewhere on the album.

Finally the round and round ending comes with various vocal parts coming in as counter melodies plus the immortal words, ‘Zane, Zane, Zane, ouvre le chien’, which means ‘Zane, open the dog’ in English. What does that mean? I’ll leave it to your imagination, although it has been analysed many times. This track [‘All The Madmen’] is sensational in every way, a five minute and 40 second symphonette.

The concert also finds Bowie delivering updated takes on classics like “Teenage Wildlife,” “The Man Who Sold the World,” and “Andy Warhol.” The digital album features a front cover image photographed by Bowie’s wife Iman. Ouvrez Le Chien (Live Dallas 95) contains sixteen songs, fourteen of which were recorded at the Starplex Amphitheater 1995, with Nine Inch Nails supporting Bowie. Six of Ouvrez Le Chien’s songs were from Bowie’s 1995 album Outside. There were one apiece from The Man Who Sold The World (the title track), Hunky Dory (‘Andy Warhol’), Ziggy Stardust (‘Moonage Daydream’), Low (‘Breaking Glass’), “Heroes” (‘Joe The Lion’), Lodger (‘Look Back In Anger’), Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) (‘Teenage Wildlife’), and Black Tie White Noise (‘Nite Flites’).

In addition to the Starplex Amphitheater show, a pair of songs from a Birmingham, England, concert from December 13th, 1995  will also be included on Ouvrez Le Chien (Live Dallas 95). Both tracks previously appeared as B sides on the “Hallo Spaceboy” single, but make their streaming debut with this release.

The Bowie estate most recently explored the singer’s Earthling-era live recordings with the LiveandWell.comset.

The Band :


David Bowie: vocals, saxophone
Reeves Gabrels: lead guitar, vocals
Carlos Alomar: rhythm guitar
Gail Ann Dorsey: bass guitar, vocals
Mike Garson: piano, keyboards
Peter Schwartz: keyboards, synthesisers
Zachary Alford: drums
George Simms: vocals

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