“I was recently looking at an old cover of New Musical Express from 1973. It’s me and Mick Jagger… He’s dripping in makeup and mascara. I’m on the other half of the page with this net costume with hands stuck everywhere. You look at it and think, ‘What was that all about?’” — David Bowie
11. “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting” by Elton John
“Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting” was written and recorded in 1973 during Elton John’s glam phase and became one of his biggest hits. Lyricist Bernie Taupin told Rolling Stone, “Over the years you tend to invent your own myths about songs because you feel it’s necessary to come up with a reason why you wrote a certain song. It’s been said on so many occasions that ‘Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting’ relates to my English past.
“People say, ‘Oh, Bernie wrote it about a pub he used to hang out and get into fights at.’ It’s quite possible there’s a germ of truth in that. Did I say to myself, ‘I’m going to sit down and write a song about my childhood watching the mods fight the rockers?’ No, I don’t think that I did. With so many of my songs, the lyrical content has been misconstrued, misinterpreted and you get to the point where you feel like you have to make something up in order to make somebody happy.”
“I vividly remember recording ‘Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting,’” added John. “I couldn’t seem to get the piano part right, so when the band played bass, drums and guitar, I laid on the floor, did the vocal live. And then I put on my piano part afterwards. It’s an odd way of doing it. But I remember doing that because it felt, for some reason, the four of us, me playing live, it just didn’t work. So I overdubbed my piano afterwards and sang the vocal live.”
10. “Search and Destroy” by the Stooges
“Search and Destroy” was written by Stooges’ frontman Iggy Pop in 1973 as the Vietnam War raged. “The lyrics, I just sorta took out of Time magazine, the concept of search and destroy,” Pop recalled in Clash. “I used to read Time obsessively, because they were the representatives of the ultimate establishment to me. They were giving the party line that represented the power people and the powers that be. So I kinda liked to look in there and see…