Suffragette City, Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide

LORELAI: [on answering machine] Hey, you’ve reached Suffragette City, and if you’re calling about Lane Kim’s ad, sorry we’re not in, but don’t commit rock and roll suide – just crank a message with some feedback.

“Suffragette City”, 1972 glam rock song by David Bowie. Originally released as the B-side to “Starman”, and appeared on the classic album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. It was re-released as a single in the US in 1976, where it failed to chart. Influenced by Little Richard and The Velvet Underground, it references Anthony Burgess’ novel A Clockwork Orange, and contains the famous line, “Oooohh wham bam, thank you, ma’am”. Acclaimed by music critics, it is considered one of Bowie’s greatest songs.

“Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide”, 1972 song by David Bowie, the closing track to The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. Bowie suggested the poet Baudelaire and James Brown as inspirations for the song, although it appears to reference a poem by Manuel Machado and a song by Jacques Brel. It has been described as an avant-garde show song. Released as a single in 1974, it got to #22 in the UK.

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