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"Crystal Japan"
Single by David Bowie
B-side "Alabama Song"
Released February 1980
Format 7" single
Recorded 1979
Genre Electronic
Length 3:08
Label RCA Records
553270 (Japan)
Producer David Bowie, Tony Visconti
David Bowie singles chronology
"Alabama Song"
"Crystal Japan"
"Ashes to Ashes"

"Crystal Japan" is an instrumental piece written by David Bowie and released as a single in Japan in 1980. It was recorded in 1979 and used in a Japanese commercial for the sake Crystal Jun Rock, which also featured an appearance by Bowie, although the composer said at the time that the track was not specifically written for this purpose.[1 ] Originally titled "Fuje Moto San",[2] it was going to close the Scary Monsters album until replaced by "It's No Game (No. 2)".


Track listing

  1. "Crystal Japan" (David Bowie) – 3:27
  2. "Alabama Song" (Bertolt Brecht, Kurt Weill) – 4:51

Other releases

Cover versions

  • Anonymous - Top 10 Party Dance Cassette
  • The Drop Outs - Ashes to Ashes: A Tribute to David Bowie (1998)


  1. ^ Roy Carr & Charles Shaar Murray (1981). Bowie: An Illustrated Record: p.108
  2. ^ David Buckley (1999). Strange Fascination - David Bowie: The Definitive Story: p.366


Pegg, Nicholas, The Complete David Bowie, Reynolds & Hearn Ltd, 2000, ISBN 978-1-903111-14-7



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