She Shook Me Cold

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"She Shook Me Cold"
Song by David Bowie
from the album The Man Who Sold the World
ReleasedNovember 4, 1970 (US)
April 1971 (UK)
Recorded18 April – 22 May 1970
StudioTrident and Advision, London
Genre
Length4:13
LabelMercury
Songwriter(s)David Bowie
Producer(s)Tony Visconti

"She Shook Me Cold" is a song written by David Bowie in 1970 for the album The Man Who Sold the World. Mick Ronson's solo guitar is influenced by hard rock as played by Cream, Led Zeppelin and Jeff Beck. Although solely credited to Bowie, this and other songs from the album were constructed around jams by all of the musicians. Tony Visconti, who played bass on the track in addition to producing the entire album, was quoted as saying, "The songs were written by all four of us. We'd jam in a basement, and Bowie would just say whether he liked them or not."[2]

Song details[edit]

Writing and production[edit]

The working title of this track was "Suck".[3] Its title bears a resemblance to the Muddy Waters song "You Shook Me," which was recorded by Jeff Beck for the then recent album Truth.[4]

Lyrics[edit]

The lyrics are from the perspective of a man recounting a sexual encounter with a woman, with frequent references to oral sex. The band was deliberately recorded to sound as "fat" as possible, to be able to play the song live without disappointing.

Musical style[edit]

Reviewing The Man Who Sold the World in 2016, Rolling Stone's Douglas Wolk described "She Shook Me Cold" as "straight-up heavy-metal".[1]

Cover versions[edit]

Personnel[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Wolk, Douglas (4 November 2016). "How David Bowie Realized Theatrical Dreams on 'The Man Who Sold the World'". Rolling Stone. Rolling Stone. Retrieved 8 February 2020.
  2. ^ Peter Doggett, The Man Who Sold the World: David Bowie and the 1970s. HarperCollins, 2012, ISBN 978-0-06-202465-7, pp. 97–98
  3. ^ Peter Doggett, The Man Who Sold the World: David Bowie and the 1970s, (as above)
  4. ^ Peter Doggett, The Man Who Sold the World: David Bowie and the 1970s, (as above)

References[edit]

Pegg, Nicholas, The Complete David Bowie, Reynolds & Hearn Ltd, 2000, ISBN 1-903111-14-5

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