OK I agree that the lyrics to this song,
no matter whether Bernie intended this to be a biting social
commentary or not, come off as a hateful sounding song. Bad
choice of words Bernie, particularly the title. Bad taste
Elton - you should have dumped this one. You all wonder why
Bernie is accused of misogyny? Here's a good example. But
I’m not here to discuss lyrics so get over it.
What we have here is a tasty little bit of music with some
character to it. It’s not synth rock, but Elton puts
a nice buzzy synth at the heart of this arrangement, driving
the bass line and creating an aggressive feel to this song.
Fred Mandel, an excellent synthesist, gives it that buzzy
feel. But if you listen carefully, there are lots of little
subtleties to be discovered and enjoyed in this tune: the
quick vibe run towards the end, the vibra-slap in the percussion,
the shifting backing vocals, and some real nasty bass riffs.
Personally this song reminds me of Danny Elfman and the Oingo
You won't find any prototypical Elton style playing on this
song. The synth part provides a straight quarter pulse mirroring
Elton's left hand. Elton mans the electric piano, tossing
in some little riffs here and there. It's a fairly simple
piece to play.
Structurally this song is built around 12-bar sections including
verses, choruses and the bridge. Much of the song is based
on a 4-bar instrumental line over the Cm and Ab, a line that
kicks off the song in the intro and is repeated multiple
times throughout. Its a great nasty aggresive line, perfect
for the tone of this song. It'is also the basis for the melody.
Harmonically, the verses are in Cm and the chorus is in the
major key of Eb. Here's that intro electric piano
As you know, I like to include some of the more obscure
Elton songs here at the café, and all in all I think this
is a nice addition to the menu. Enjoy.