“It’s a crash-course for the ravers”
As hard as it may be to comprehend, David Bowie’s Drive-In Saturday was released forty years ago on this day in 1973.
The track was backed by the non-album Ziggy Stardust outtake, Round And Round, a Chuck Berry song originally titled Around And Around.
Drive-In Saturday was the second single taken from the forthcoming Aladdin Sane album (it was the follow up to The Jean Genie), and it made #3 on the UK’s official single chart.
The song name-checks Twiggy (Twig the Wonder Kid) along with Mick Jagger, whose band The Rolling Stones also covered Around And Around and whose Let’s Spend The Night Together also appeared on Aladdin Sane.
The success of the 45 was certainly not hampered by the unforgettable appearance of Bowie and The Spiders on the Russell Harty Show in the UK in January 1973.
Pictured here is the original UK press advert and both sides of the upcoming exclusive Record Store Day Drive-In Saturday 45.
The limited edition picture disc is to be released on April 20th along with two other exclusive-to-RSD Bowie 45s.
Go here to remind yourself of just how good a recording Drive-In Saturday remains, a true Bowie classic still sounding as futuristically nostalgic and exciting as it always will do.