Aladdin Sane, 1973
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.