Suf­fragette City

The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Star­dust And The Spi­ders From Mars, 1972

Classic Rock - - David Bowie -


“Sweet and Bowie were on the same la­bel, RCA, at the time, and there was a guy who used to play us Bowie’s rough mixes. I heard that Bowie of­fered Suf­fragette City to Mott The Hoople as a sin­gle be­fore All The Young Dudes. He wrote that song with them in mind, but ended up record­ing it him­self. I re­mem­ber talk­ing to Mick [Tucker, Sweet drum­mer] and say­ing: ‘If he’s not go­ing to fuck­ing do that song, we’d love to do it.’

“It came from the area we re­ally wanted to move into. The guitar sound is what makes it for me – a Les Paul with a wah-wah pedal slightly backed off. Later the fol­low­ing decade, af­ter I be­came a pro­ducer, a well-re­spected Swedish guy told me: ‘The guitar sounds of you and Mick Ron­son de­fined the 1970s.’ That made me very happy in­deed.”


“I first heard Suf­fragette City on the yel­low tran­sis­tor ra­dio I’d got for my tenth birth­day. It was

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