Today's post is a time travel trip to the near future, a time when humans have forgotten how to procreate. They watch old porno flicks to understand how it was done. From 1973's Aladdin Sane, Drive-In Saturday is one of my favorite glam-period David Bowie songs. From the odd doo-wop opening to the fantastic sax solos, this was a never-to-be-repeated experiment in arrangement and mood. The chorus is just perfect with its complicated walking chord progressions and hilarious lyrics referring the stereotypical hunk in the old sex films - "His name was always Buddy!" "She'd sigh like Twig the wonder kid" is a reference to late 60's fashion model Twiggy.
There are two version here, the first the original release, the second a much more recent live recording, which starts with David explaining how Mott The Hoople turned down the song and he was so pissed that he shaved off his eyebrows. It is a very different arrangement that he sings with a real passion, and the cutesy backup singers really bring a 60s girl group vibe to the proceedings.
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