Listen: David Bowie’s Estate Releases Posthumous Track “Baby Universal ’97”


Last Friday, the estate of David Bowie released a 1997 recording of “Baby Universal.” The song originally appeared on a Tin Machine record, Tin Machine II.

Bowie’s divisive rock outfit released the record in 1997 and this cut is the latest from Bowie’s posthumous EP ‘Is It Any Wonder?.

The track, referred to as “Baby Universal ’97,” was originally meant to appear on Bowie’s 1997 album Earthling. However, it failed to make the final cut.

Bowie told Rolling Stone via Spin at the time, “I thought ‘Baby Universal’ was a really good song and I don’t think it got heard. I didn’t really want that to happen to it, so I put it on this album. I think this version is very good.”

Is It Any Wonder? comprises of six Bowie recordings from the 1990s released every week. So far, we’ve heard new renditions of “The Man Who Sold the World,” “I Can’t Read,” and “Stay,”

These tracks will arrive in physical formats on April 18, Record Store Day. The EP was announced on what would have been Bowie’s 73rd birthday following his death in January 2016.

Check out “Baby Universal ’97” below.