Queen Bitch

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"Queen Bitch"
Song by David Bowie from the album Hunky Dory
Released 17 December 1971
Recorded Trident Studios, London 1971
Length 3:18
Label RCA
Writer David Bowie
Hunky Dory track listing
"Song for Bob Dylan"
"Queen Bitch"
"The Bewlay Brothers"

"Queen Bitch" is a song written by David Bowie in 1971 for the album Hunky Dory.

Bowie was a great Velvet Underground fan and wrote the song in tribute to the band and Lou Reed.[1] He recorded a studio cover of Reed's "I'm Waiting for the Man" in 1967 (which remains unissued), as well as live versions, which may be heard on Bowie at the Beeb and on Live Nassau Coliseum '76 (in the 2010 special edition and deluxe edition re-issues of Station to Station).

"Queen Bitch" starts with Bowie counting down to his acoustic guitar before Mick Ronson's thrashy guitar riff enters. The song's arrangement, featuring a melodic bass line, a tight drum pattern, choppy distorted guitar chords, and an understated vocal performance by Bowie, provided the template for the glam rock style which features prominently on The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, his seminal 1972 follow-up to Hunky Dory. While the main riff is similar to The Velvet Underground's "Sweet Jane", it is actually lifted from Eddie Cochran's "Three Steps to Heaven".[2] (a posthumous #1 hit single in the UK in 1960).

A part of the songs lyrics are mentioned in The Killers song "Mr Brightside".

Live versions[edit]

  • Bowie played the song on the BBC radio show Sounds of the 70s on 18 January 1972. This was broadcast on 7 February 1972 and in 2000 released on the album Bowie at the Beeb.
  • Bowie performed the song on Old Grey Whistle Test on 8 February 1972. This performance, broadcast on television later the same day, is included on the DVD version of Best of Bowie.
  • A performance recorded at Santa Monica Civic Auditorium on 20 October 1972 has been released on Santa Monica '72 and Live Santa Monica '72.
  • Another version recorded at Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale 23 March 1976 was released on RarestOneBowie and on the 2010 special edition and deluxe edition re-issues of Station To Station.
  • Lou Reed performed the song together with Bowie at his 50th Birthday Bash in New York City, New York in January 1997.
  • Arcade Fire have played this song with Bowie in New York City as well.

Other releases[edit]

Cover versions[edit]


  1. ^ Josh Tyrangiel (November 2, 2006). "All-TIME 100 Albums - Hunky Dory". TIME. Retrieved 1 November 2011. 
  2. ^ Amazon.com

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