Drive-In Satur­day

Aladdin Sane, 1973

Classic Rock - - David Bowie -

i na mash-up of 50 s nos­tal­gia and fu­ture-shock science fic­tion, Bowie’s lyric imag­ines a postapoc­a­lyp­tic land­scape where an ar­ti­fi­cially re­pro­duced pop­u­la­tion re­dis­cover sex via vin­tage pornog­ra­phy. It was writ­ten on the road dur­ing the US leg of the ’72 tour, like most of Aladdin Sane’s tracks – Bowie later re­ferred to the al­bum as “Ziggy goes to Amer­ica”. Drive-In was ini­tially of­fered to Mott The Hoople as their fol­low-up to All The Young Dudes, but they turned it down, caus­ing its com­poser to shave off his eye­brows in frus­tra­tion (or so he claimed). Of­ten over­looked, it’s a soar­ing glam clas­sic with a dy­na­mite sax-driven hook.

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