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Tin Machine Live: Oy Vey, Baby

Tin Machine Live: Oy Vey, Baby
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Live album by
Released2 July 1992 (1992-07-02)
Recorded20 November 1991 (1991-11-20) – 11 February 1992 (1992-02-11)
ProducerReeves Gabrels, Max Bisgrove, Tom Dubé, Dave Bianco, David Bowie
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AllMusic2/5 stars[1]

Tin Machine Live: Oy Vey, Baby is a live album and concert video by Tin Machine, originally released by London Records in 1992.

The album includes songs recorded between 20 November 1991 and 11 February 1992 from five different venues on the North American and Asian legs of Tin Machine's It's My Life Tour. The concert video is a single show recorded mostly live at The Docks, Hamburg on October 24 1991 - the then current single, Baby Universal was the studio recording played against a live rendition.

The album received negative reviews, and it became the first album Bowie released since his 1967 self-titled album to fail to chart in the UK.

Tin Machine Live: Oy Vey, Baby was the last Tin Machine album prior to the band disbanding.

Album title

The title, suggested by Hunt Sales, was a pun on U2's album Achtung Baby (1991). Plans for a second live album (Use Your Wallet, another Sales pun, this time on Guns N' Roses' Use Your Illusion I (1991) and Use Your Illusion II (1991) albums) were shelved when Oy Vey, Baby failed to chart and garnered poor critical reviews.[2]

Critical reviews

Bowie biographer Nicholas Pegg lamented that the album suffered due to "ugly, indistinct packaging", "an unspeakably misconceived title", and an unimaginative playlist that included an 8-minute version of the "dreaded" "Stateside", all of which combined to lackluster sales and poor reviews. Still, he reserved some good judgement for the release ("it's not actually a bad album").[2] Stephen Erlewine from called the album "not enough to rescue the batch of underdeveloped songs that form the backbone of the record."[1]

Track listing

All tracks are written by David Bowie and Reeves Gabrels except where noted[a].

No.TitleRecording dates and locationLength
1."If There Is Something" (Bryan Ferry)17 February 1992 in Tokyo3:55
2."Amazing"7 December 1991 in Chicago4:06
3."I Can't Read"20 November 1991 in Boston6:25
4."Stateside" (Bowie, Hunt Sales)27 or 29 November 1991 in New York8:11
5."Under the God" (Bowie)10 or 11 February 1992 in Sapporo4:05
6."Goodbye, Mr. Ed" (Bowie, Hunt Sales, Tony Sales)17 February 1992 in Tokyo3:31
7."Heaven's in Here" (Bowie)27 or 29 November 1991 in New York12:05
8."You Belong in Rock n' Roll"7 December 1991 in Chicago6:59
Total length:47:17



Unlike the live album, which was recorded across a variety of venues during the tour, the live video was recorded at a single show at The Docks, Hamburg on 24 October 1991. The video runtime is 88 minutes and was distributed by PolyGram Video Limited in the UK.[3]

All tracks are written by David Bowie and Reeves Gabrels except where noted[b].

1."Bus Stop" 
2."Sacrifice Yourself" (Bowie, Hunt Sales, Tony Sales) 
3."Goodbye Mr. Ed"" (Bowie, Hunt Sales, Tony Sales) 
4."I Can't Read" 
5."Baby Universal" 
6."You Can't Talk" 
7."Go Now" (Larry Banks and Milton Bennett) 
8."Under The God" (Bowie) 
9."Betty Wrong" 
10."Stateside" (Bowie, Hunt Sales) 
11."I've Been Waiting For You" (Neil Young) 
12."You Belong in Rock n' Roll" 
13."One Shot" (Bowie, Gabrels, Hunt Sales, Tony Sales) 
14."If There Is Something" (Bryan Ferry) 
15."Heaven's In Here" (Bowie) 
17."Crack City" (Bowie, Gabrels, Hunt Sales, Tony Sales) 

Total length = 88 minutes


  1. ^ Sources for this section:[2]
  2. ^ Sources for this section:[2]


  1. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Tin Machine Live: Oy Vey, Baby". AllMusic. Retrieved 6 May 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d Pegg, Nicholas (October 2016). "The Complete David Bowie New Edition: Expanded and Updated". Titan Books.
  3. ^ "TIn Machine Live: Oy Vey, Baby". PolyGram Video Limited (Barcode: 0 44008 53203 3).

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