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Released: February 11, 1997

Rating: 3.521 (average of 17 ratings)

Genre: rock

Quotable: --

Album Tracks:

  1. Little Wonder [6:02]
  2. Looking for Satellites [5:20]
  3. Battle for Britain (The Letter) [4:48]
  4. Seven Years in Tibet (Bowie/Gabrels) [6:21]
  5. Dead Man Walking (Bowie/Gabrels) [6:50]
  6. Telling Lies (Bowie) [4:49]
  7. The Last Thing You Should Do [4:57]
  8. I’m Afraid of Americans (Bowie/Eno) [5:00]
  9. Law (Earthlings on Fire) (Bowie/Gabrels) [4:48]
Songs written by Bowie/Gabrels/Plati unless indicated otherwise.

Total Running Time: 48:57


sales in U.S. only --
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 1 million


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 39
peak on U.K. album chart 6

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Little Wonder (2/8/97) #14 UK
  • Dead Man Walking (4/26/97) #32 UK
  • Seven Years in Tibet (8/30/97) #61 UK
  • I’m Afraid of Americans (11/22/97) #66 US, #29 MR

Notes: The 2004 Columbia Records reissue adds remixes of “Little Wonder,” “I’m Afraid of Americans,” “Dead Man Walking,” and “Telling Lies.”


my favorite album of the year

David Bowie
“Jumping on the post-grunge industrial bandwagon with Outside didn't successfully rejuvenate David Bowie's credibility or sales, so he switched his allegiance to techno and jungle for the follow-up, Earthling. While jungle is a more appropriate fit than industrial, the resulting music is nearly as awkward. Though he often gets the sound of jungle right, the record frequently sounds as if the beats were simply grafted on top of pre-existing songs. Never are the songs broken open by a new form; they are fairly conventional Bowie songs with fancy production. Fortunately, Bowie sounds rejuvenated by this new form, and songs like Little Wonder and Seven Years in Tibet are far stronger than the bulk of Outside. Still, the record falls short of its goals, and it doesn't offer enough intrigue or innovations to make Earthling anything more than an admirable effort” (Erlewine).

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Last updated March 31, 2008.