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. He recorded a studio cover of Reed's " [1 ] I'm Waiting for the Man" in 1967 (which remains unissued), as well as live versions, which may be heard on and on Bowie at the Beeb 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 , his seminal 1972 follow-up to The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars 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". (a posthumous #1 hit single in the UK in 1960). [2 ]
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
on 8 February 1972. This performance, broadcast on television later the same day, is included on the Old Grey Whistle Test DVD version of . Best of Bowie A performance recorded at Santa Monica Civic Auditorium on 20 October 1972 has been released on
and Santa Monica '72 . Live Santa Monica '72 Another version recorded at Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale 23 March 1976 was released on
and on the 2010 special edition and deluxe edition re-issues of RarestOneBowie . 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 ]
B-side of the UK release of the single "
Rebel Rebel" in February 1974. B-side of the US release of the single "
1984" in April 1974. It was released as a picture disc in the
Fashion Picture Disc Set. Featured on the soundtrack to the film
. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou Appears in the
music video game series as downloadable content in a 3-song pack along with other David Bowie songs " Rock Band Moonage Daydream" and " Heroes". Is featured in the soundtrack of skateboarding video game
Skate. Is featured in the soundtrack of PS3 racing game
MotorStorm: Pacific Rift Featured in the 2007 film
Run Fatboy Run Featured in promotional material for the 2008 film
and is also in a scene from the film. Milk Featured in the 2009 film 'The Damned United'.
Featured in the trailer for the 2011 film
Cover versions [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
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