|Single by David Bowie|
|from the album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars|
|Released||28 April 1972 (as B-side of "Starman")
9 July 1976 (A-side single)
|Recorded||Trident Studios, London
4 February 1972
|Genre||Glam rock, proto-punk|
|David Bowie singles chronology|
"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, 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.
- "Suffragette City" (Bowie) – 3:25
- "Stay" (Bowie) – 3:21
- David Bowie: Vocals, Guitar on "Suffragette City"
- Mick Ronson: Guitar, piano and ARP synthesizer on "Suffragette City"
- Trevor Bolder: Bass on "Suffragette City"
- Mick Woodmansey: Drums on "Suffragette City"
- Carlos Alomar, Earl Slick: Guitar on "Stay"
- George Murray: Bass on "Stay"
- Dennis Davis: Drums on "Stay"
- Roy Bittan: Piano on "Stay"
- It was released as the B-side of the singles "Starman" in April 1972 and "Young Americans" in February 1975.
- A picture disc release appeared in the RCA Life Time picture disc set.
- It also appeared on the following compilations:
- It was also released in the music rhythm game Rock Band.
- Bowie recorded the song for the BBC radio programme "Sounds of the 70s: John Peel" on 16 May 1972, and this performance was broadcast on 23 May 1972. In 2000, this recording was released on the Bowie at the Beeb album.
- A live version recorded at Santa Monica Civic Auditorium on 20 October 1972 has been released on Santa Monica '72 and Live Santa Monica '72.
- The version played at the famous concert at the Hammersmith Odeon, London on 3 July 1973 was released on Ziggy Stardust - The Motion Picture.
- A recording from the 1974 tour was released on David Live. This version was also released in the Sound + Vision box set. Another live recording from the 1974 tour was released on the semi-legal A Portrait in Flesh.
- A live performance recorded on 23 March 1976 was released on Live Nassau Coliseum '76, part of the 2010 reissue of Station to Station.
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