29/5/16 – David Bowie – The Jean Genie – Top Of The Pops Live – 1973 / The Jean Genie – Video Starring Cyrinda Foxe – 1972

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The Jean Genie single cover 1972Don’t worry, I’m not finished yet and thanks to some helpful suggestions, the tragedy of classic No.2 songs being held off the No.1 spot by unworthy chart toppers continues. The Jean Genie was released by David Bowie in November 1972 as the first single from the forthcoming album Aladdin Sane released in April 1973. The song alluding to French writer and thief Jean Genet was allegedly written by Bowie to impress Warhol girl Cyrinda Foxe, also loosely inspired by Iggy Pop. Foxe appears in the video put together by Bowie cohort and photographer Mick Rock. She married first New York Doll David Johansen and then Steven Tyler.

Novelty songs, what to do with novelty songs? In the end it doesn’t mean anything reaching No.1 does it? But what if you don’t make No.1 because Little Jimmy Osmond has stopped you getting there with a song called Long Haired Lover From Liverpool? You’d probably be frustrated, or perhaps driven to tears. Being 15 in 1973 and living near Liverpool, this song was never far out of earshot and I remember seeing Little Jimmy on television kicking his legs in the air as he pranced across the stage a precocious 9 year old in a white jump suit. Shouldn’t novelty songs have been excluded from the charts? Maybe they should be excluded from Earth? It’s just not fair is it? Ha Ha.

The Jean Genie wasn’t the most original song ever written and when The Sweet’s Block Buster came out soon after with the same riff and reached No. 1 Bowie allegedly first cursed writers Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman before congratulating them on their success as they claimed the similarities between the songs riffs was pure coincidence or perhaps too much of a standard Rock and Roll motif to copyright. The song was The Sweet’s only UK No.1.

The Top Of The Pops appearance is unique in that it is absolutely live and showcases Mick Ronson’s classic guitar tone and feel. The BBC had erased a lot of Top Of The Pops episodes and this was thought to be lost but for one of the cameramen that was in charge of the fisheye lens had made a copy for himself.

It’s hard to accept that David Bowie, Mick Ronson and Trevor Bolder are no longer with us.

A small Jean Genie snuck off to the city
Strung out on lasers and slash back blazers
Ate all your razors while pulling the waiters
Talking ’bout Monroe and walking on Snow White
New York’s a go-go and everything tastes right
Poor little Greenie

The Jean Genie lives on his back
The Jean Genie loves chimney stacks
He’s outrageous, he screams and he bawls
Jean Genie let yourself go!

Sits like a man but he smiles like a reptile
She loves him, she loves him but just for a short while
She’ll scratch in the sand, won’t let go his hand
He says he’s a beautician and sells you nutrition
And keeps all your dead hair for making up underwear
Poor little Greenie

The Jean Genie lives on his back
The Jean Genie loves chimney stacks
He’s outrageous, he screams and he bawls
Jean Genie let yourself go!

He’s so simple minded he can’t drive his module
He bites on the neon and sleeps in the capsule
Loves to be loved, loves to be loved

The Jean Genie lives on his back
The Jean Genie loves chimney stacks
He’s outrageous, he screams and he bawls
Jean Genie let yourself go!

The Jean Genie lives on his back
The Jean Genie loves chimney stacks
He’s outrageous, he screams and he bawls
Jean Genie let yourself go!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Bowie

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mick_Ronson

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trevor_Bolder

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mick_Woodmansey

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Jean_Genie

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aladdin_Sane

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyrinda_Foxe

 

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