Australian singles charts:
Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting entered the Kent charts on 3 September 1973 and peaked at #31.
The song is on Goodbye Yellow Brick Road which entered the Kent album charts on 19 November 1973. It reached #1 on 18 March 1974 and remained there for 3 weeks.
Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting is a lively throwback to early rock and roll with a glam edge. The lyrics discuss a night out in town in which the narrator plans to “get about as oiled as a diesel train”. Bernie Taupin has said that the song was meant to be an American rock and roll song set in Britain. It was inspired by his raucous teenage days and in particular, the fistfights in his local pub, the Aston Arms in Market Rasen.
Read more: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saturday_Night’s_Alright_for_Fighting
In the liner notes to Elton John’s boxed set, it explains that he recorded his vocal while leaping around and “going crazy.” It was the first time Elton recorded a vocal standing up, and he made the most out of it.
Read more: www.songfacts.com/facts/elton-john/saturday-nights-alright-for-fighting
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