Bennie and the Jets (5:21)

Cover of Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

From Goodbye Yellow Brick Road and 66 other releases

The lyrics to this jazzy tune satirize the rock music scene of the early 1970’s by telling the story of a fictitious band, “Bennie and the Jets”, that the narrator is supposedly a fan of.

The hand claps on this song were overdubbed by producer Gus Dudgeon to give the song a “live” sound, which complimented the mindless fanaticism of the song’s narrator for the band in question.

This song was a major hit for John and songwriting partner Bernie Taupin, peaking at #1 on the pop charts in early 1974 and also providing John with his first top 40 R&B entry.

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  • uhohspagettio

    classic

    7 Aug 2014 Reply
  • MsDiplodocusss

    b-b-b-b-bennie and the jetssss

    14 Jul 2014 Reply
  • TheSuperCrasher

    This definitely inspired Super Rich Kids.

    15 Apr 2014 Reply
  • silversurfer250

    Comic books, movies, and the German photographer Helmut Newton were some of the influences Bernie Taupin threw into the pot when writing the lyrics to this song. Said Taupin: "I'd always had this wacky science fiction idea about a futuristic rock and roll band of androids fronted by some androgynous kind of Helmut Newton style beauty, which was depicted to little great effect on the Yellow Brick Road album cover. I'm not sure if it came to me in a dream or was some way the subconscious of effect of watching Kubrick on drugs. Either way, it was definitely something that was totally formed as a concept, and something that could have morphed into any number of populist items. Could have been comic books or movies. In fact, I can't help but believe that that Robert Palmer video with all the identical models somehow paid a little lip service to The Jets." http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=1646

    5 Apr 2014 Reply
  • selene_101

    reminds me of my best friend, my big bro, Dale.. he always played air guitar to this tune and so many more... RIP Dale, I miss you.:( .. I love you...<3 <3

    14 Mar 2014 Reply
  • alyssa87

    oh whatever. Elton John never gets old!! This song is definitely a classic. :)

    27 Feb 2014 Reply
  • puckerup48

    BITE ME njokmo413,I was 12yo when this song first aired in mobile alabama and i grew up listnig to it and simular songs and they always bring back such fond child memories and i will listen to them 24/7 utill i die.

    8 Feb 2014 Reply
  • Metalion_SOS

    jetsssss

    5 Nov 2013 Reply
  • njokmo413

    This song has been overplayed so much that it has now become one of my least favorite songs of all time... and that's saying a lot since I don't hate too many songs

    1 Oct 2013 Reply
  • jc3usa

    I don't understand anything he says in this song but I still love this classic! Four Stars!

    22 Jun 2013 Reply
  • JOE197023456

    NICE SONG

    13 Jun 2013 Reply
  • ati1978

    more than 60 albums in more than 40 years needs 20 million dollars of cocaine for workaholic Reginald Kenneth Dwight.

    4 Mar 2013 Reply
  • corpsetastic

    She's got electric boots a mohair suit, you know I read it in a magaziiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiine

    26 Feb 2013 Reply
  • stanley_86

    Check my 'Bennie and the Jets' design for Secret7'' http://www.talenthouse.com/creativeinvites/preview/ab23a47590414dcae8f653d86bbc8ee8/886

    16 Feb 2013 Reply
  • AlterJohn

    Ein tolles Stück aus Elton´s guter alten Zeit

    8 Feb 2013 Reply
  • lihei

    11/10

    15 Dec 2012 Reply
  • LoveComeDown83

    Benny...Benny..Benny and the JETTTTSSSS

    30 Nov 2012 Reply
  • elizabethbryson

    A lot of tasty piano from EJ on this live version!

    23 Oct 2012 Reply
  • isk1tz

    How long is the show when each song is like 12 minutes?

    3 Oct 2012 Reply
  • MrsRieffers

    ☺ .. ♫ .. ♥ . ♪ .. ........ !!!!!

    11 Sep 2012 Reply
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