Wednesday, May 4, 2011

THE ROCK SONG OF THE DAY IS: ELTON JOHN - THE BITCH IS BACK

"The Bitch Is Back", by Elton John
"The Bitch is Back" is a rock song by Elton John, written with Bernie Taupin. It was the second single released from his 1974 album Caribou, and reached #1 in Canada (his sixth in that country), #4 in the United States and #15 in the United Kingdom. The song has been identified as is one of Elton John's best hard rock cuts.

 The song was inspired not by John or Taupin directly, but rather by Bernie Taupin's wife of the time. When discussing the Caribou album, Elton John threw one of his legendary tantrums. This led to Taupin's wife to claim "the bitch is back". Taupin then wrote the lyric.

Musically, the song originally was written in A flat major, but is today performed live a half step lower in the key of G major. The saxophone solo in the middle is nowadays usually performed by synthesizers, while a guitar solo occasionally substitutes, as can be seen in the concert videos One Night Only and Live in Australia, respectively. This song was banned on several radio stations, in the United States and elsewhere, due to the use of the word "bitch".

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