On November 16th EMI will mark the 40th anniversary of ‘The Jean Genie’ with the third in a series of collectable 7” picture discs that celebrate the anniversary of the original release of David Bowie’s UK singles.
First, on Record Store Day was the limited edition ‘Starman’ 7” picture disc, and on 31st August they released a limited edition 7” picture disc of David Bowie’s ‘John, I’m Only Dancing’, which was originally released on Friday, September 1st, 1972 on RCA (catalogue no. RCA 2263) as the follow-up single to ‘Starman’, and reached number 12 on the UK charts, though it never appeared on one of Bowie’s studio albums.
The b-side of this 40th anniversary version will have the audio from the recently-recovered BBC Top Of The Pops performance of ‘The Jean Genie’ from January 1973, with the fabled Spiders from Mars (Mick Ronson, Trevor Bolder and Woody Woodmansey) at their peak.
Originally issued in the UK via RCA on November 14, 1972, ‘The Jean Genie’ was the first single taken from his then still-to-be released album Aladdin Sane.