Singer Scott Walker has urged David Bowie to come out of his self-imposed retirement and record a new album.

The former Walker Brothers star, who is a big fan of the Ashes to Ashes hitmaker, is baffled by reclusive Bowie's prolonged period out of the spotlight and wants him to return to the studio to lay down new tracks.

He tells Britain's Mojo magazine, "He usually isn't stuck for words. Well, he's stuck for words these days, I don't know where he is or what he's doing. It's odd, he was always around, there was always something cooking. I wish he'd make a record."

Last month (Oct12), fans caught a rare glimpse of Bowie, who has not released a new album since Reality in 2003, when he was photographed out and about in New York.