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Low by David Bowie

Contributed by Axl Gamez González on Nov 11th, 2016. Artwork published in .
    Low by David Bowie 1
    Source: RCA Records. License: All Rights Reserved.

    Bowie moving into acting only served to make his image even more fluid. The cover image of Low is a still taken from the film The Man Who Fell to Earth.

    He was now the Thin White Duke and had used the same trick the previous year for the cover of Station to Station, which is also an image taken from the film. It shows Bowie (in his role as Thomas Jerome Newton) stepping into a space capsule, which will take him back to his home planet.

    Bowie is understood to have insisted on the cropped black and white version of the image. While commentators have read much into its symbolism, it is notable that the album was recorded in the US and Bowie says he wished to return to Europe.

    Any help with the ‘a’?

    Low by David Bowie 2
    Source: Discogs. License: All Rights Reserved.


    • Blippo
    • Pump



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    3 Comments on “Low by David Bowie”

    1. Nov 11th, 2016  2:47 pm

      I’d assume that this is lettering. It might be based on Burko, but it could just as well be modeled after ITC Pump. In Burko, the ‘B’ is open only at the bottom. In Pump, the ‘V’ has curved diagonals. The compact ‘W’ and the ‘E’ that is wider at the bottom suggest Burko. The sticker (“Sound & Vision”) is definitely in ITC Pump. The ‘a’ looks like an unrelated addition.

    2. Nov 11th, 2016  4:01 pm

      Thanks!, I love Burko.

    3. Mar 1st, 2017  9:44 pm

      Actually, there’s no Burko involved — it’s Blippo! It even has that wonky minuscule ‘A’.

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