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"Bang Bang" is a song written by Iggy Pop and Ivan Kral in 1981 for Iggy Pop's Party album. It was released as a single, charting at #35 on the Billboard Club Play singles chart. According to Iggy Pop's autobiography, "I Need More". He wrote Bang Bang as Arista Records wanted a single and he promised them a commercial album. He originally wanted Phil Spector or Mike Chapman to produce the song. Instead, songwriter Tommy Boyce was brought in. Iggy claimed he got idea for the song from reading "The Right Stuff" at a local bookstore.

"Bang Bang"
Single by Iggy Pop
from the album Party
RecordedRecord Plant Studios
New York, 1981
Songwriter(s)Iggy Pop, Ivan Kral
Producer(s)Thom Panunzio
Tommy Boyce
Iggy Pop singles chronology
"Knocking 'em Down (In The City)"
"Bang Bang"
"Pumpin´ For Jill"



David Bowie versionEdit

"Bang Bang"
Single by David Bowie
from the album Never Let Me Down
A-side"Bang Bang"
FormatCD promotional single
Length4:09 (Live version)
4:01 (Vinyl album version)
Songwriter(s)David Bowie
David Bowie singles chronology
"Never Let Me Down"
"Bang Bang"
"Fame '90"

"Bang Bang" was released as a promotional single in late 1987 from David Bowie's album Never Let Me Down. The live version includes Peter Frampton on guitar. In 2018, Bowie's original album version was re-engineered as part of Bowie's posthumous Never Let Me Down 2018 release.

Track listingEdit

All tracks written by David Bowie (except where noted).

1."Bang Bang (live version)" (Recorded at the Olympic Stadium, Montreal Canada, 30 August 1987 during the Glass Spider Tour)4:09
2."Modern Love" (From the album Let's Dance, 1983)4:47
3."Loving the Alien" (From the album Tonight, 1984)7:08
4."Bang Bang (album version)" (Pop, Kral)4:01

Chart positionEdit

Chart Peak position
US Mainstream Rock Tracks 38[1]

External linksEdit


  1. ^ All Music: David Bowie: Never Let Me Down, retrieved 20 April 2016