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Joe Elliott On BBC Radio 2 Tracks Of My Years Day 2

Tuesday, 19th January 2016

Joe Elliott 2015.
Joe Elliott/Ken Bruce 2015

Def Leppard singer Joe Elliott appeared on the Ken Bruce show today for day two of the Track Of My Years feature.

Ken Bruce plays two tracks each weekday chosen by different guests and Joe is featured this week.

On the second show today Joe played songs by Queen and David Bowie.

Read his comments about each artist and song below.

A further two songs are being played each day this week. Joe is pictured above at the BBC Radio studios with host Ken Bruce.

The appearance was recorded and announced in December 2015.

Listen to today's show via the BBC iPlayer link - Joe's part starts at 2hrs 8:34mins in.

The full 10 track show will be available on its own on 22nd January and the playlist is shown below.

Ken Bruce Presents Track of My Years - Joe Elliott Day Two


"1974 Queen started making a bit of an impact on me via Radio 1. The newspaper/magazines and I remember when I first heard Seven Seas Of Rhye thinking this is pretty good. And then I think the next thing I heard was Killer Queen. Which I really did like because it was unusual. I was a big fan of the quirky single. What I mean by that is things like Virginia Plain by Roxy Music. Judy Teen by Cockney Rebel. And that song kinda fitted in - it was vaudeville is what it was - as most of those songs are. You can almost hear somebody like Marlene Dietrich doing Killer Queen. And I really liked it but when the second single from that album came out which was Now I'm Here. Which I started to learn over the years it was the Brian May song you know because he was the guitarist. I just couldn't believe the structure of that song was so perfect. It was rock. It had melody but all the muscle of a real rock song and it just stank of class. And all first."

David Bowie

"There's a moment in time that I've read over the years in numerous magazines that musicians from such different diverse areas of music. Morrissey, Boy George, Gary Kemp, myself included have all said that there's one pivotal moment that just went oh my goodness. And it was when Bowie put his arm round Ronson during Starman on Top Of The Pops 1972. It was a career defining moment for him and for us the followers. I've tried to figure out why it was so iconic if you like. And I think it really was that people of our age that - we were all 12, 13 years old when we saw this. We'd probably just got colour TV and the difference between watching Gerry And The Pacemakers, The Beatles, the Stones doing or The Who or whatever doing their thing in black and white on Shindig or whatever."

"And then the colour came in and the battles that went on. You could see Slade and Sweet and it was all about bright, ridiculously loud colours. Peacocks - women's clothing most of it. Brick layers in drag as people called Slade and Sweet you know. But Bowie was real. Bowie was from another planet. You genuinely - if somebody said to you he's an alien. You'd have believed them at 12 years old because he was something else. The spiky red hair. The skinny look. The band were you know. You would never of guessed they were from Hull to look at them. It was really a very defining moment and it was the first single off the album and it was essentially the song that really broke Bowie all over the world."

Ken Bruce Presents Track of My Years - Playlist

  • 01 - Ian Hunter - Once Bitten Twice Shy - 18th January
  • 02 - T. Rex - Metal Guru - 18th January

  • 03 - Queen - Now I'm Here - 19th January
  • 04 - David Bowie - Starman - 19th January

  • 05 - Slade - Coz I Love You - 20th January
  • 06 - Mott The Hoople - All The Young Dudes - 20th January

  • 07 - Sparks - This Town Ain't Big Enough - 21st January
  • 08 - Thin Lizzy - The Boys Are Back in Town - 21st January

  • 09 - Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel - Judy Teen - 22nd January
  • 10 - The Clash - London Calling - 22nd January