Suffragette City

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"Suffragette City"
Single by David Bowie
from the album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars
B-side "Stay"
Released 28 April 1972 (as B-side of "Starman")
9 July 1976 (A-side single)
Format 7" single
Recorded Trident Studios, London
4 February 1972
Genre Glam rock,[1] proto-punk[2]
Length 3:25
Label RCA Records
Songwriter(s) David Bowie
David Bowie singles chronology
"Suffragette City"
"Sound and Vision"
"Suffragette City"
"Sound and Vision"
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars track listing
Side one
  1. "Five Years"
  2. "Soul Love"
  3. "Moonage Daydream"
  4. "Starman"
  5. "It Ain't Easy"
Side two
  1. "Lady Stardust"
  2. "Star"
  3. "Hang On to Yourself"
  4. "Ziggy Stardust"
  5. "Suffragette City"
  6. "Rock 'n' Roll Suicide"

"Suffragette City" is a song by David Bowie. Originally from The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars album in 1972, it was later issued as a single in 1976 to promote the Changesonebowie compilation in the UK, with the US single edit of "Stay" on the B-side. The single failed to chart.

Recorded on 4 February 1972,[3] towards the end of the Ziggy Stardust sessions, "Suffragette City" features a piano riff heavily influenced by Little Richard, a lyrical reference to the book and film A Clockwork Orange (the word "droogie," meaning "friend") and the sing-along hook "Wham bam thank you ma'am!". One analysis of the song states that it is about how David Bowie does not entirely identify with bisexuality: preferring women more.[4]

Before recording it himself, Bowie offered it to the band Mott the Hoople if they would forgo their plan to break up. The group refused, but recorded Bowie's "All the Young Dudes" instead.[5]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Suffragette City" (Bowie) – 3:25
  2. "Stay" (Bowie) – 3:21

Production credits[edit]

  • Producers:
    • Ken Scott on "Suffragette City"
    • David Bowie
  • Musicians:
    • David Bowie: Vocals, Guitar on "Suffragette City"
    • Mick Ronson: Guitar, piano, ARP 2600 synthesizer on "Suffragette City"
    • Trevor Bolder: Bass on "Suffragette City"
    • Mick Woodmansey: Drums on "Suffragette City"

Other releases[edit]

Live versions[edit]


  • Pegg, Nicholas, The Complete David Bowie, Reynolds & Hearn Ltd, 2000, ISBN 1-903111-14-5


  1. ^ "500 Greatest Albums of All Time : 35 – David Bowie, 'The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars'". Rolling Stone. 31 May 2012. Retrieved 21 January 2016. 
  2. ^ Greene, Lora (2012). Combat Rock: A History of Punk (From Its Origins to the Present). CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. ISBN 978-1478305637. Retrieved 16 August 2016. 
  3. ^ Kevin Cann (2010). Any Day Now - David Bowie: The London Years: 1947-1974: p.242
  4. ^ "Music as Literature". 
  5. ^ Roberts, David (1998). Guinness Rockopedia (1st ed.). London: Guinness Publishing Ltd. p. 282. ISBN 0-85112-072-5. 

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