You Belong in Rock n' Roll

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"You Belong in Rock n' Roll"
Single by Tin Machine
from the album Tin Machine II
B-side Ampalura (Indonesian version)
Released August 1991
Format 7"/12"/CD single
Recorded Sydney October - December 1989; Los Angeles, March 1991
Genre Rock
Length 3:33
Label London
LON 305
Producer(s) Tin Machine, Tim Palmer
Tin Machine singles chronology
"Prisoner of Love"
David Bowie:
"Fame '90"
"You Belong in Rock n' Roll"
"Baby Universal"

"You Belong in Rock n' Roll" is a song by Tin Machine, released ahead of their second album in August 1991. The song was the band’s first release on Victory Records, which was distributed by London Records in the UK.

The band’s sound was somewhat more refined than on their debut album, influenced by Marc Bolan and Elvis Presley, and its use of a music-as-sex metaphor was a Bowie theme used on several tracks stretching right back to his glam days.

Launched in a barrage of publicity, including appearances on Top of the Pops (where the band mimed and Gabrels chose to play his guitar with a bread roll, with Bowie seeming to be much amused by the resulting mess) and Wogan (where the band again mimed, and Gabrels played his guitar with a vibrator, and Bowie visibly tired of the host’s patter), the single peaked at UK No. 33 – a disappointment, but it would be Tin Machine’s biggest hit single.

Track listing[edit]

7" version[edit]

  1. "You Belong in Rock 'n' Roll" (Bowie, Gabrels) – 3:33
  2. "Amlapura (Indonesian version)" (Bowie, Gabrels) – 3:49

12"/CD version 1[edit]

  1. "You Belong in Rock n' Roll (Extended version)" (Bowie, Gabrels) – 6:32
  2. "You Belong in Rock n' Roll (LP version)" (Bowie, Gabrels) – 4:07
  3. "Amlapura (Indonesian version)" (Bowie, Gabrels) – 3:49
  4. "Shakin' All Over (Live)" (Kidd) – 2:49

CD version 2[edit]

  1. "You Belong in Rock n' Roll" (Bowie, Gabrels) – 3:33
  2. "Amlapura (Indonesian version)" (Bowie, Gabrels) – 3:49
  3. "Stateside" (H. Sales) – 5:38
  4. "Hammerhead" (Bowie, H. Sales) – 3:15

Production credits[edit]


Live versions[edit]

Cover versions[edit]

  • Lyon Smith - .2 Contamination: A Tribute to David Bowie (2006)


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