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Drive-In Saturday on Wikipedia
"Drive-In Saturday"
Single by David Bowie
from the album Aladdin Sane
B-side"Round and Round"
Released6 April 1973
Format7" single
RecordedTrident Studios, London
9 December 1972 -
24 January 1973
GenreGlam rock
LabelRCA Records
ProducerKen Scott, David Bowie
David Bowie singles chronology

"Drive-In Saturday" is a song by David Bowie from his 1973 album Aladdin Sane. It was released as a single a week before the album and, like its predecessor "The Jean Genie", became a Top 3 UK hit.


  • 1 Music and lyrics
  • 2 Recording and release
  • 3 Charts
  • 4 Track listing
  • 5 Production credits
  • 6 Live versions
  • 7 Other releases
  • 8 Cover versions
  • 9 Notes
  • 10 References

Music and lyrics

Heavily influenced by 1950s doo-wop, "Drive-In Saturday" describes how the inhabitants of a post-apocalyptic world in the future (Bowie once said the year 2033)[1] have forgotten how to reproduce, and need to watch old porn films to see how it's done.[2] The narrative has been cited as an example of Bowie's "futuristic nostalgia",[3] where the story is told from the perspective of an inhabitant of the future looking back in time.

Its composition was inspired by strange lights amidst the barren landscape between Seattle, Washington, and Phoenix, Arizona, as seen from a train at night on Bowie's 1972 US tour.[2] The music featured Bowie's synthesizer and saxophone, while the lyrics name-checked Mick Jagger ("When people stared in Jagger's eyes and scored"), the model Twiggy ("She'd sigh like Twig the wonder kid"), and Carl Jung ("Jung the foreman prayed at work").

Recording and release

The song was premiered live well before being committed to tape, at Pirate's World, Fort Lauderdale, Florida,[2] or Celebrity Theatre, Phoenix (on 4 November 1972),[3] according to various sources. It was initially offered for recording to Mott the Hoople but they turned it down, Bowie later saying that he didn't know why they refused it.[4] However in his 1972 tour narrative, Diary of a Rock 'n' Roll Star, Mott leader Ian Hunter appears utterly perplexed by the song's pop complexity when Bowie plays it to him, writing that it has "a hell of a chord rundown". Bowie claimed on VH1's Storytellers that his frustration with Mott the Hoople's rejection of the song led to his shaving of his eyebrows during the Ziggy Stardust tour, an alteration that remained evident in photographs as late as 1974.

Bowie's version, recorded on his return to Britain from his US tour, was released in April 1973 and remained in the charts for 10 weeks, reaching No. 3 in the UK charts. The B-side, "Round and Round", was a cover of Chuck Berry's track "Around and Around", a leftover from the Ziggy Stardust sessions. Bowie encyclopedist Nicholas Pegg describes "Drive-In Saturday" as "arguably the finest track on Aladdin Sane", as well as "the great forgotten Bowie single", which he attributed to the fact that it was never issued on a greatest hits album until almost 20 years after its release.[5] Biographer David Buckley has called "Drive-In Saturday" and "Rebel Rebel" Bowie's "finest glam-era singles".[3]

Track listing

  1. "Drive-In Saturday" (David Bowie) – 4:29
  2. "Round and Round" (Chuck Berry) – 2:39

Production credits

  • Producers:
    • Ken Scott
    • David Bowie
  • Musicians:
    • David Bowie: vocals, guitar, mellotron, synthesizer, saxophone
    • Mick Ronson: guitar
    • Trevor Bolder: bass
    • Mick Woodmansey: drums
    • Ken Fordham: saxophone
    • Mike Garson: piano
    • Brian "Bux" Wilshaw: saxophone, flute
    • Linda Lewis: backing vocals
    • Juanita "Honey" Franklin: backing vocals
    • G.A. MacCormack: backing vocals

Live versions

  • A live audience recording from The Public Hall, Cleveland, Ohio, on 25 November 1972 was released on the bonus disc of the Aladdin Sane - 30th Anniversary Edition in 2003. Not included in that release was Bowie's introduction to the song, as follows:
This is the bit where all the people with the tape recorders have to leave, because I'm gonna do a new number and you mustn't record it.... I'll tell you where we wrote this. We wrote this from Phoenix down to Seattle—no, see, it's the other way around, isn't it—from Seattle down to Phoenix, and it was about the future, and it's about a future where people have forgotten how to make love, so they go back onto video-films that they have kept from this century. This is after a catastrophe of some kind, and some people are living on the streets and some people are living in domes, and they borrow from one another and try to learn how to pick up the pieces. And it's called "Drive-In Saturday."
  • The song was performed by Bowie in many times in 1999, specially during his show in VH1 Storytellers, which reuned his favorite songs. An album, VH1 Storytellers (David Bowie album), was released in 2009.

Other releases

  • It appears (in its album version) on several compilations:
    • Sound + Vision (1989)
    • The Singles Collection (1993)
    • The Best of 1969/1974 (1997)
    • Best of Bowie (2002)
  • It was released as picture discs in both the RCA Life Time picture disc set and the Fashion Picture Disc Set.
  • On Saturday 20 April 2013, a 40th Anniversary 7" picture disc of "Drive-in Saturday" will be available as an exclusive for the Record Store Day.[7] "Drive-In Saturday" will be backed up with the "Russell Harty Plus Pop version" of the track.[7]

Cover versions

  • The Diamonds on the album Million Copy Hit Songs Made Famous By Elton John & David Bowie
  • Joe Jackson on the album Live: New York Club Dates
  • The Turn on the album Ashes To Ashes: A Tribute To David Bowie in 1998
  • Def Leppard on the album Yeah!
  • Morrissey covered the song in a 2000 concert in New York City at the Beacon Theater as the evening's encore[8] and during his 2007 American tour. It was also released as a live b-side for his 2008 single All You Need Is Me, and then on his b-side album Swords.


  1. ^ Dave Thompson "Drive-In Saturday". allmusic. Access: 28 October 2011.
  2. ^ a b c Roy Carr & Charles Shaar Murray (1981). Bowie: An Illustrated Record: p.53
  3. ^ a b c David Buckley (1999). Strange Fascination - David Bowie: The Definitive Story: pp.175-185
  4. ^ Kurt Loder & David Bowie (1989). Sound and Vision: CD liner notes
  5. ^ Nicholas Pegg (2000). The Complete David Bowie: p.67
  6. ^ David Bowie -- entry for Drive-In Saturday
  7. ^ a b "Drive-In Saturday is next RSD Bowie exclusive". Retrieved 16 February 2013. 
  8. ^ Morrissey's live version 2000 youtube


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


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