She Shook Me Cold

Album: The Man Who Sold The World (1970)

Songfacts®:

  • This song is suggestive of a sexual rendezvous and the lyrics are full of innuendo. According to Mojo magazine, Tony Visconti, who produced and played bass on this track, claimed the song was written by Mick Ronson, who played lead guitar. Visconti recalled that it was "completely a Ronson composition; Bowie didn't add lyrics till much later."
  • Angie Bowie, David's wife at the time, adds in the magazine: "We were watching TV one night and Led Zeppelin were on. I looked at Mick and started to laugh and I went: 'I bet the Rats from Hull (Mick's former band) could do a better blues song than that.'" So they went down to the basement a couple of days later without David Bowie and came out with the music to "She Shook Me Cold" - a play on Led Zeppelin's "You Shook Me."

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