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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… read more

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  • Avatar for uhohspagettio
    classic
  • Avatar for MsDiplodocusss
    b-b-b-b-bennie and the jetssss
  • Avatar for TheSuperCrasher
    This definitely inspired Super Rich Kids.
  • Avatar for 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
  • Avatar for 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
  • Avatar for alyssa87
    oh whatever. Elton John never gets old!! This song is definitely a classic. :)
  • Avatar for 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.
  • Avatar for Metalion_SOS
    jetsssss
  • Avatar for 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
  • Avatar for jc3usa
    I don't understand anything he says in this song but I still love this classic! Four Stars!

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