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"Suffragette City" is a song by David Bowie. It featured on The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars album in 1972, and was previously released as the B-side to the Starman single in April 1972. It was later issued as a single in 1976 to promote the Changesonebowie compilation in the UK, with the US single edit of "Stay" on the B-side. The single failed to chart.

"Suffragette City"
Single by David Bowie
from the album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars
  • 28 April 1972 (1972-04-28) (as B-side of "Starman")
  • 9 July 1976 (A-side single)
Format7-inch single
Recorded4 February 1972
StudioTrident, London
Songwriter(s)David Bowie
David Bowie singles chronology
"Suffragette City"
"Sound and Vision"
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars track listing

Recorded on 4 February 1972,[4] towards the end of the Ziggy Stardust sessions, "Suffragette City" features a piano riff heavily influenced by Little Richard, a lyrical reference to the book and film A Clockwork Orange (the word "droogie," meaning "friend") and the sing-along hook "wham bam, thank you, ma'am!".

Before recording it himself, Bowie offered it to the band Mott the Hoople if they would forgo their plan to break up. The group refused, but recorded Bowie's "All the Young Dudes" instead.[5]


Track listingEdit

  1. "Suffragette City" (Bowie) – 3:25
  2. "Stay" (Bowie) – 3:21

Production creditsEdit

Other releasesEdit

Live versionsEdit


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


  1. ^ "500 Greatest Albums of All Time : 35 – David Bowie, 'The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars'". Rolling Stone. 31 May 2012. Retrieved 21 January 2016.
  2. ^ Berman, Stuart (29 September 2010). "David Bowie: Station to Station (Deluxe Edition)". Pitchfork. Retrieved 13 July 2019.
  3. ^ HistoryCaps (2012). Combat Rock: A History of Punk (from It's Origins to the Present). BookCaps Study Guides. p. 15—16. ISBN 9781621073154.
  4. ^ Kevin Cann (2010). Any Day Now - David Bowie: The London Years: 1947-1974: p.242
  5. ^ Roberts, David (1998). Guinness Rockopedia (1st ed.). London: Guinness Publishing Ltd. p. 282. ISBN 0-85112-072-5.

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