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"Street Life" is the opening track of Roxy Music's third album Stranded, their first album with Eddie Jobson, who replaced Brian Eno. It was released as a single in the UK in November 1973 and reached number 9 on the charts. Its non-LP B-side "Hula Kula", an Hawaiian-like instrumental composed by Phil Manzanera, was re-released on the "The Thrill of It All" boxset.
Bassist John Taylor, also known as Johnny, during his solo period after leaving Duran Duran in 1997, organized a Roxy Music tribute album called Dream Home Heartaches: Remaking/Remodeling Roxy Music (released 1999). "Street Life" was covered by Gerry Laffy and Simon Laffy, credited as Phantom 5.
The band Def Leppard covered "Street Life" on their album Yeah!.
Morrissey also performed the song during some European festival dates during his 2006 tour.