"Be My Wife" is the latest in Parlophone's series of 40th-anniversary David Bowie 7" picture discs. Originally released in the UK on June 17, 1977, "Be My Wife" was the second and final single from the ground-breaking album Low, the first of the so-called Berlin Trilogy. Despite a promotional video, the single didn't chart, not helped by the fact that it was almost impossible to view it anywhere in the UK back in 1977.
With echoes of "Life On Mars?," the Stanley Dorfman-directed promo was shot in an empty white room, with Bowie using a red Fender Stratocaster as a prop, while half-heartedly miming the guitar part. He somehow manages to appear nonchalant and anguished at the same time, in this bizarre plea for marital union.
The image used on the A Side is from the "Be My Wife" video shoot, while the AA side was taken during a visit to the studio of Victor Vasarely. Both photos are by Christian Simonpietri and were taken in Paris in June 1977. "Be My Wife" is backed with a previously unreleased live version of the Low instrumental, "Art Decade," recorded in Perth, Australia in 1978 during the ISOLAR II tour.