Australian singles charts:
The Jean Genie entered the Kent charts on 9 April 1973 and peaked at #42.
The song is on Aladdin Sane which entered the Kent album charts on 28 May 1973 and peaked at #7.
Ken Scott, David Bowie
Record label of Australian release:
On the Live Santa Monica ’72 album, Bowie says that The Jean Genie is about a “New York lady and a guy who lives in New York and he’s called The Jean Genie” (referring to the rebellious French writer Jean Genet).
Bowie added in his 2005 book Moonage Daydream: “Starting out as a lightweight riff thing I had written one evening in NY for Cyrinda’s enjoyment (actress Cyrinda Foxe), I developed the lyric to the otherwise wordless pumper and it ultimately turned into a bit of a smorgasbord of imagined Americana… based on an Iggy Pop-type persona. The title, of course, was a clumsy pun upon Jean Genet.”
Read more: www.songfacts.com/facts/david-bowie/the-jean-genie
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