Rock 'n Roll with Me: David Bowie (1974)

Rock 'n' Roll With Me
B-side: Panic in Detroit (live)
Artist: David Bowie
Album: Diamond Dogs
Released: May 1974
Recorded: January 1974
Songwriters: David Bowie, Warren Peace

"Rock 'n' Roll With Me" is a pop-power ballad written by David Bowie and Warren Peace. A power ballad is a slow love song prevalent in nearly all popular music genres. 
There are rock, soul, country, and even heavy metal ballads. Dolly Parton's song, "I Will Always Love You" (popularized by Whitney Houston), is an example of a pop power ballad. Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On" from the movie Titanic is another.


Although rock music critics generally don't like it, the chorus makes "Rock 'n Roll with Me" my favorite song on Bowie's Diamond Dogs LP. It was also the tune David liked best. The track addresses the artist's complex relationship with his fans. It has been described as "one of Bowie's least self-conscious love songs," foreshadowing the R&B balladry on Young Americans

When you rock-n-roll with me
No one else I'd rather be
Nobody down here can do it for me
I'm in tears again
When you rock 'n roll with me

When Bowie retired the Ziggy Stardust glam rock persona, his next phase was what -he called a plastic soul. We blogged about this in our post on his "Young Americans" album. This ballad shows a definite leaning in that new direction. The piano intro blatantly evokes Bill Withers' 1972 hit, Lean on Me.



Donovan released a cover of the song in September 1974. It could have been better.

Plastic Soul

"Rock 'n Roll with Mewas part of the tour, resulting in the "David Live." 

David Bowie

Bowie's record company responded the same month as Donavan's single by issuing a version of "David Live."

Rock 'n Roll Me  
David Bowie


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