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Released:October 2, 1984

Rating: 2.392 (average of 14 ratings)

Genre: pop/dance/rock

Quotable: --

Album Tracks:

  1. Loving the Alien [7:10]
  2. Don’t Look Down (Pop/Williamson) [4:10]
  3. God Only Knows (Asher/Wilson) [3:07]
  4. Tonight (with Tina Turner) [3:45]
  5. Neighborhood Threat (Bowie/Pop) [3:13]
  6. Blue Jean [3:12]
  7. Tumble and Twirl (Bowie/Pop) [4:59]
  8. I Keep Forgetting (Leiber/Stoller) [2:36]
  9. Dancing with the Big Boys (with Iggy Pop)(Alomar/Bowie/Pop) [3:34]
Songs written by David Bowie unless indicated otherwise.

Total Running Time: 35:32


sales in U.S. only 1 million
sales in U.K. only - estimated 100,000
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 3.5 million


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 11
peak on U.K. album chart 1 1


  • Blue Jean (9/15/84) #8 US, #6 UK, #2 AR
  • Neighborhood Threat (10/13/84) #40 AR
  • Tonight (with Tina Turner) (12/1/84) #53 US, #53 UK, #32 AR
  • Loving the Alien (6/8/85) #19 UK

Notes: “As the World Falls Down,” from the Labyrinth soundtrack, and singles “This Is Not America” (with Pat Metheny – from the soundtrack for The Falcon & the Snowman) and “Absolute Beginners” (from the soundtrack of the same name) were added to the Virgin Records CD reissue.

David Bowie
“On the basis of Tonight, it appears that David Bowie didn't have a clear idea of how to follow the platinum success of Let's Dance. Instead of breaking away from the stylized pop of ‘Let's Dance’ and ‘China Girl,’ Bowie delivers another record in the same style. Apart from the single Blue Jean, none of the material equals the songs on Let's Dance, but that doesn't stop Tonight from becoming another platinum success. Nevertheless, the record stands as one of the weakest albums Bowie ever recorded” (Erlewine).

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Previous Album: Let’s Dance (1983) David Bowie’s DMDB page Next Album: Never Let Me Down (1987)

Last updated March 31, 2008.