Eddy McManus’ cover of “Suffragette City” is a true testament to the enduring power and influence of David Bowie’s original glam rock masterpiece. From the moment the opening guitar riff hits, it’s impossible not to be swept up in the infectious energy of the song. The “Wham Bam, thank you, Ma’am!” hook is impossibly catchy, and the lyrics are a perfect blend of sexual confusion and rock and roll swagger.
But beyond just being a fun and catchy song, “Suffragette City” also holds a deeper meaning and significance. The lyrics, which are directed at a character named Henry, are believed by many to be a reflection of Bowie’s own bisexuality and the struggles he faced with attraction to both men and women. The line “Hey man, my schooldays insane / Hey man, my work’s down the drain” perfectly captures the sense of confusion and turmoil that can come with trying to navigate one’s own sexuality.
Ultimately, it is this sense of raw emotion and personal vulnerability that makes “Suffragette City” such a enduring classic. Whether you’re a diehard fan of David Bowie or just looking for a catchy tune to rock out to, this is a song that should not be missed. Eddy McManus does an amazing job of paying tribute to the original while still putting his own unique spin on things, making for a cover that is both faithful and fresh at the same time. All in all, “Suffragette City” is a must-listen for any fan of rock and roll.