Sunday, 3 April 2016
B - Blue Jean
Blue Jean, she got a camouflaged face and no money
Remember, they always let you down when you need 'em
Oh Blue Jean, is heaven any sweeter than Blue Jean
First released as a single in September 1984 with "Dancing With the Big Boys" as the B-side, the song was recorded at Le Studio in Morin Heights, Quebec for David Bowie's album Tonight. One of only two tracks on the album that was written entirely by Bowie, it was described as "a piece of sexist rock 'n' roll" and "not very cerebral". Nevertheless it reached Number 8 of Billboard's Hot 100 in 1984.
The song was and remains one of my favourites mainly because it was recorded not far from my hometown. The moniker "Blue Jean" became my first BBS (bulletin board system) alias.
A rare edition of the Blue Jean single was pressed on blue vinyl. The song also became the focus of a 21-minute short film called "Jazzin' for Blue Jean" (starring David Bowie of course) about a man who tries to win the affections of a beautiful woman by pretending he knows her favourite rock star.