Watch Previously Unseen Footage of David Bowie Performing ‘Can’t Help Thinking About Me’

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Watch Previously Unseen Footage of David Bowie Performing ‘Can’t Help Thinking About Me’

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David Bowie in Paris, 1999. Photo by Stephane Cardinale/Sygma via Getty Images.

Previously unseen footage of David Bowie performing an early rarity Can’t Help Thinking About Me has been shared ahead of its appearance on the upcoming Toy and David Bowie 5. Brilliant Adventure (1992-2001 box sets. 

The song was originally released by Bowie in 1966, under the name David Bowie With the Lower Third. In 1999, after revisiting Can’t Help Thinking About Me during his VH1 Storytellers appearance, the song became a setlist regular thought that year’s Hours tour.

In a newly shared video, we’re treated to one of those performances of the track, recorded live on October 14, 1999, at the Elysée Montmartre in Paris. Watch below. 

David Bowie | ‘Can’t Help Thinking About Me’ [Live at the Elysée Montmartre, 1999]

Alongside the video, a  previously unreleased live audio recording of the track, recorded for the Mark Radcliffe show during a session at Maida Vale Studios for BBC Radio One in 1999, has been shared on streaming services (below). 

"I'm so pleased that this track is being released, as it was such a joy and surprise when he included it in his set at Maida Vale that day," Radcliffe said in a press release. "I remember that occasion so fondly. David was wearing an excellent shirt and was on such great, twinkly form."

"I recall David dancing with Gail Ann Dorsey to 'I Try' by Macy Gray, which was playing on the radio," Radcliffe added. "I interviewed Gail Ann a year or so ago, and she too remembered that moment vividly. It was one of the few cherished and special days I got to spend with him, for which I remain ever grateful."

Toy is a shelved 2001 album featuring re-recordings of some of Bowie’s earliest songs. The LP will see its first official release as part of the Brilliant Adventure (1992-2001) box set on Nov. 26. A three-CD Toy: Box then follows on Jan. 7.

David Bowie 5. Brilliant Adventure (1992-2001) is the fifth instalment of the ongoing Brilliant Adventure series, chronicling Bowie’s incredible career from 1969 into the 21st century. The box set includes vinyl versions of Toy plus other Bowie albums, a hardcover book and more. David Bowie 5. Brilliant Adventure (1992-2001), arrives November 26th. Pre-order, here. 


David Bowie 'Brilliant Live Adventures 1992-2001'

A year-long celebration of Bowie’s 75th – which will fall on January 8, 2022 – is being planned by his estate under the name ‘Bowie 75’ – stay tuned for more details!


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