I Know It's Gonna Happen Someday

Album: Your Arsenal (1992)

Songfacts®:

  • Your Arsenal was produced by ex-Bowie guitarist Mick Ronson. When Morrissey pointed out the resemblance of this song to the Thin White Duke's Glam Rock classic "Rock 'n' Roll Suicide," Ronson replied: "I wrote that original piece for Rock 'n' Roll Suicide, so they won't be any legal, comeback."
  • Bowie covered this on his 1993 Black Tie White Noise album. On the album's DVD, Bowie remarked: "I always thought of the English singer-songwriter, Morrissey, as a sort of a sexual Alan Bennett - the British playwright - because of his attention to detail. He'll take a small subject matter and make a very grandiose statement of it."

    "His last album, Your Arsenal, was produced, ironically, by Mick Ronson," Bowie continued. "And Mick sent me a copy of the tape and I couldn't but notice that one of the songs on the album - 'I Know It's Gonna Happen Someday' - was a kind of a parody of one of my earlier songs, 'Rock 'n' Roll Suicide.' And so I sort of thought it would be fun to take that song and do it the way I would've done it 1974ish."

Comments: 1

  • Cliff from LondonCan you please acknowledge Mark E. Nevin, main songwriter for Fairground Attraction, who actually wrote the tune for I Know It's Gonna Happen? No-one ever does, but it's actually his melody and chord changes that pastiche Bowie, as much as the rather slight lyrics.
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