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Released: April 24, 1974

Rating: 4.014 (average of 19 ratings)

Genre: glam rock

Quotable: --

Album Tracks:

  1. Future Thing [1:07]
  2. Diamond Dogs [5:56]
  3. Sweet Thing [3:38]
  4. Candidate [2:40]
  5. Sweet Thing (Reprise) [2:32]
  6. Rebel Rebel [4:30]
  7. Rock ‘N’ Roll with Me [4:02]
  8. We Are the Dead [4:54]
  9. 1984 [3:27]
  10. Big Brother [3:20]
  11. Chant of the Ever Circling Skeletal Family [2:04]
All songs written by David Bowie.

Total Running Time: 46:10


sales in U.S. only ˝ million
sales in U.K. only - estimated --
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 4 million


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 5
peak on U.K. album chart 1 4


  • Rebel Rebel (2/15/74) #64 US, #5 UK
  • Diamond Dogs (6/14/76) #21 UK

Notes: The 1990 Rykodisc reissue adds the previously unreleased “Dodo” and a demo version of “Candidate.”


Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more.

Diamond Dogs
David Bowie
“David Bowie fired the Spiders From Mars shortly after the release of Pin Ups, but he didn't completely leave the Ziggy Stardust persona behind. Diamond Dogs suffers precisely because of this — he doesn't know how to move forward. Originally conceived as a concept album based on George Orwell's 1984, Diamond Dogs evolved into another one of Bowie's paranoid future nightmares. Throughout the album, there are hints that he's tired with the Ziggy formula, particularly in the disco underpinning of Candidate and his cut-and-paste lyrics. However, it's not enough to make Diamond Dogs a step forward, and without Mick Ronson to lead the band, the rockers are too stiff to make an impact. Ironically, the one exception is one of Bowie's very best songs — the tight, sexy Rebel Rebel. The song doesn't have much to do with the theme, and the ones he does throw in to further the story usually fall flat. Diamond Dogs isn't a total waste, with 1984, ‘Candidate,’ and Diamond Dogs all offering some sort of pleasure, but it is the first record since Space Oddity where Bowie's reach exceeds his grasp” (Erlewine).

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Last updated March 31, 2008.