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David Bowie

Panic In Detroit

  • Rock
  • Space
  • Pop
  • Musical
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  • 1973
  • 2012
  • 1979
  • 2002
  • 1974

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“Panic in Detroit” is a song written by David Bowie for the album Aladdin Sane in 1973. Bowie based it on friend Iggy Pop’s descriptions of revolutionaries he had known as a youth in Michigan. It is also interpreted as being written about the 1967 Detroit riots. Rolling Stone magazine called the track “a paranoid descendant of the Motor City’s earlier masterpiece, Martha and the Vandellas’ “Nowhere to Run”“. Musically “Panic in Detroit” has been described as a “Salsa variation on the Bo Diddley beat”, and features prominent conga drums and female backing vocals. The lyrics namecheck Che Guevara and are also said to contain references to John Sinclair of the White Panther Party. Read on...

Song lines: ♪ Panic in Detroit ... He wanted to stay home, I wish someone would phone ... Panic in Detroit, I asked for an autograph

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