Rare David Bowie Demos From the '60s Up for Auction

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A reel-to-reel tape featuring three previously unreleased David Bowie songs will be auctioned at Omega Auctions in Newton-le-Willows, England, on May 21. The Guardianreports that the reel features four songs recorded in 1966 and 1967 that were earmarked for Bowie’s debut album, but ultimately rejected. One of the songs is called “Bunny Thing,” and is described by Bowie expert Paul Kinder as “a beat poem about rabbits smuggling drugs, complete with in-character reminiscences of an aged German bunny.” The tape also includes the ragtime-y “Did You Ever Have a Dream,” which ultimately landed on Bowie’s 1981 compilation Another Face. The recording is expected to sell for more than £10,000 ($13,000). Other unreleased songs from this era appeared in 2018 on the bootleg album Occasional Dreaming.