Thursday, 21 April 2016

R - Rebel Rebel

You've got your mother in a whirl
'Cause she's not sure if you're a boy or a girl
Hey babe, your hair's all right
Hey babe, let's stay out tonight

Considered the last of David Bowie's glam rock singles as well as his most-covered track, "Rebel Rebel" was recorded in late 1973 at Trident Studios and Olympic Studios in London England as part of the 1974 concept album Diamond Dogs.  Its B-sides were "Queen Bitch" for the UK version and "Lady Grinning Soul" for the North American version.

Bowie's biggest hit in the U.S. since Space Oddity, the song became a glam anthem as it peaked at 64th position on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and at 30th position on the Canadian Singles Chart.  Its distinctive guitar riff was described by Bowie as "just fabulous".

As with a number of older songs, Bowie intended to retire "Rebel Rebel" after the 1990 Sound+Vision tour but brought it back for the 1999 Hours tour, and performed a new arrangement in the 2003 Reality tour.  The song appears on many compilations and in several film soundtracks, notably the 1999 film Detroit Rock City.

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