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Studio album by David Bowie
Released September 1, 1984 (1984-09-01)
Recorded 1984 at Le Studio, Morin Heights, Quebec
Genre Rock
Pop rock
Label EMI America Records - DB 1
Producer David Bowie, Derek Bramble and Hugh Padgham
Professional reviews
David Bowie chronology
Ziggy Stardust - The Motion Picture
Never Let Me Down

Tonight is a 1984 album by David Bowie, featuring collaborations with Tina Turner and a cover of the Beach Boys' "God Only Knows". Critics slammed it as a lazy effort, dashed off by Bowie simply to recapture Let's Dance's chart success. Yet the album bore the Top 10 hit "Blue Jean" whose long-form video, a 22-minute short film directed by Julien Temple, reflected Bowie's long-standing interest in combining music with drama. It also featured the minor hit "Loving the Alien", a deep song about religious conflict and one of the few songs from Tonight to later return to Bowie's stage repertoire. The album also has a pair of dance version rewrites of "Neighbourhood Threat" and "Tonight", old songs Bowie wrote with Iggy Pop, both of which originally appeared on Lust for Life.


Track listing

LP: EMI / DB 1 (UK)

  1. "Loving the Alien" (David Bowie) – 7:11
  2. "Don't Look Down" (Iggy Pop, James Williamson) – 4:11
  3. "God Only Knows" (Brian Wilson, Tony Asher) – 3:08
  4. "Tonight" (Bowie, Pop) (performed by David Bowie and Tina Turner) – 3:46
  5. "Neighborhood Threat" (Bowie, Pop) – 3:12
  6. "Blue Jean" (Bowie) – 3:11
  7. "Tumble and Twirl" (Bowie, Pop) – 5:00
  8. "I Keep Forgettin'" (Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller) – 2:34
  9. "Dancing with the Big Boys" (Carlos Alomar, Bowie, Pop) (performed by David Bowie and Iggy Pop) – 3:34


In 1995 Virgin Records rereleased the album on CD with three bonus tracks. EMI did the second rerelease in 1999 (featuring 24-bit digitally remastered sound and no bonus tracks).

CD: Virgin / CDVUS97 (UK)

  1. "This Is Not America" (1985 single release) – 3:51
  2. "As the World Falls Down" (from the Labyrinth soundtrack 1986) – 4:46
  3. "Absolute Beginners" (from the Absolute Beginners soundtrack 1986) – 8:00
  • 1995 reissue

Production credits



Year Chart Position
1984 UK Albums Chart 1
1984 U.S Billboard 200 11
1984 Norway's album chart 3
1984 Swiss album chart 8
1984 Swedish album chart 4
1984 Austrian album chart 8


Year Single Chart Position
1984 "Blue jean" UK Singles Chart 6
1984 "Blue jean" Norway's single chart 3
Preceded by
Now That's What I Call Music 3 by Various Artists
UK number one album
October 6, 1984 – October 12, 1984
Succeeded by
The Unforgettable Fire by U2

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