“Queen Bitch” is the 10th song from British music icon David Bowie and his 1971 album “Hunky Dory“. It was first debuted on BBC Radio in June 1971 before being recorded at Trident Studios in London.
The pop-punk song was inspired by American rock band The Velvet Underground, but more particularly the lead singer Lou Reed. “Queen Bitch” acts as a tribute to band from Bowie, whom was a huge fan of the group and their music. The lyric “trying hard to pull sister Flo”, is a direct reference to The Velvet Underground’s track “Sister Ray” and sonically, many music critics have compared the song’s main riff to The Velvet Underground’s “Sweet Jane“.
Lyrically, the track sees the narrator watching a potential male lover hit on drag queens while they watch from the eleventh floor window of a hotel, the narrator regretting their choice to not be intimate with the said male lover as they watch the drag queen seduce him. The song was extremely groundbreaking and promiscuous for its time, with Bowie pushing and testing the limits of sexuality within songwriting.
There is no music video for “Queen Bitch“, however the audio video on David Bowie’s official YouTube channel has over 597 thousand views since its upload on the 6th October 2015.
Read the lyrics to “Queen Bitch” here.
*All information accurate at the time of publishing.