Saturday Evening’s Alright for Combating” (typically written “Saturday Evening’s Alright (For Combating)“) is a music initially recorded by British musician Elton John. John composed it along with his long-time songwriting associate Bernie Taupin. It was launched on John’s best-selling album Goodbye Yellow Brick Highway (1973) and because the first single. The music is one in every of John’s most critically and commercially profitable singles, a No. 7 hit report in the UK. It has been lined by many artists and featured on movement image, online game, and tv soundtracks.

Background and inspiration[edit]

“Saturday Evening’s Alright for Combating” is a full of life throwback to early rock and roll with a glam edge. The lyrics focus on an evening out on the town through which the narrator plans to “get about as oiled as a diesel prepare”. Taupin has mentioned that the music was meant to be an American rock and roll music set in Britain. It was impressed by his raucous teenage days and particularly, the fistfights in his native pub, the Aston Arms in Market Rasen.[2]

Composition and recording[edit]

The music, which showcases the guitar enjoying of Davey Johnstone, with lyrics by Bernie Taupin and music by John, is written in the important thing of G main alternating with C main on the refrain. It’s one in every of John’s harder-rocking songs (much like “Develop Some Funk of Your Personal” and “The Bitch Is Again“), with a sound echoing bands comparable to The Who and The Rolling Stones (The Who lined it in 1991).

It was the one music recorded throughout Elton and the band’s time in Jamaica, the place they’d initially deliberate to report the album, however was by no means used as a result of poor high quality of the recording gear. John described it as sounding like “it had been recorded on the worst transistor radio”. The expertise prompted the band to return to France to complete the album.

“Saturday” is without doubt one of the most aggressive and full of life rock impressed tracks ever recorded by John. It options energetic, rapid-fire piano enjoying harking back to Jerry Lee Lewis. The music was one of many few John-Taupin songs that Elton mentioned was not a “typical piano quantity”. In accordance with John’s recollection in Elizabeth Rosenthal’s His Tune: The Musical Journey of Elton John, it might have been written on the piano at first, however the music ended up being recorded considerably in reverse to the traditional method he data, with the band placing their tracks down, and Elton overdubbing his piano afterward. (John’s typical course of was to both report the piano first or play together with the band.) Elton known as the music “arduous to report”.

Other than his lyrical contributions, within the Eagle Imaginative and prescient documentary, Basic Albums: Goodbye Yellow Brick Highway, Taupin mentioned that a whole lot of the facility of the music comes from the chords, including it additionally options what he known as one of many biggest “strident, blistering guitar chords ever created” in rock and roll.

Launch, chart and stay efficiency[edit]

The music was launched in 1973 because the album’s first single. It was banned on many radio stations fearing that the title would incite violence.

Within the UK, the music entered the Music Week High 50 the week of seven July 1973, rose to No. 7, and stayed within the charts for 9 weeks.

Within the US, the music entered the Billboard High 40 the week of 11 August 1973, rose to No. 12, and stayed within the High 40 for 9 weeks. It was the one single by Elton John that didn’t make the High 10 within the three-year, 13-hit interval between Could 1972 (“Rocket Man”) and October 1975 (“Island Lady”). It was the one Elton John single that didn’t go gold or platinum within the three-year, 11-hit interval between December 1972 (“Crocodile Rock”) and October 1975 (“Island Lady”).

Regardless of solely being a modest success in comparison with his different hits, it stays one in every of his best-known songs.

Chart (1973) Peak
UK Singles Chart 7
US Billboard Sizzling 100 12

The music has been a staple of the artist’s stay performances for a few years, being performed greater than 1,300 occasions stay (making it one in every of John’s prime ten most carried out tracks in his total discography) as of December 2015.[3]


“Saturday Evening’s Alright for Combating” has been lined by W.A.S.P.,[6]Flotsam and Jetsam, Nickelback (with Child Rock and Dimebag Darrell), Queen, The Who,[7]Fall Out Boy, Verbal Abuse, and several other others. It has additionally been sampled within the hit “Gloria” by Umberto Tozzi in 1979.[8]

Amongst different appearances, music was featured within the movie Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) and the online game Grand Theft Auto V.[9] There was a musical quantity devoted to the music within the Elton John biographical movie Rocketman (2019).[10] One other cowl of the music was carried out by Camila Mendes and Casey Cott, within the episode “Chapter Sixty-Six: Tangerine” from the tv sequence Riverdale.[11]

Observe itemizing[edit]

All songs written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin

Facet one[edit]

  1. “Saturday Evening’s Alright for Combating” – 4:12

Facet two[edit]

  1. “Jack Rabbit” – 1:50
  2. “Each time You are Prepared (We’ll Go Regular Once more)” – 2:50

Each songs had been included afterward “Uncommon Masters” and issued as bonus tracks on the remastered version of “Do not Shoot Me I am Solely the Piano Participant“.



  1. ^ a b Freeman, Phil (2007). Marooned: The Subsequent Technology of Desert Island Discs. Hachette Books. p. 132. ISBN 978-0-30681-640-6.
  2. ^ “Aston Arms Pub”. On This Very Spot. Retrieved Eight October 2016.
  3. ^ “Elton John Tour Statistics”. Retrieved Eight October 2016.
  4. ^ “British single certifications – Elton John – Saturday Nights Alright for Combating”. British Phonographic Business. Retrieved 1 Could 2020.
  5. ^ “American single certifications – Elton John – Saturday Evening’s Alright (for Combating)”. Recording Business Affiliation of America. Retrieved 1 Could 2020.If obligatory, click on Superior, then click on Format, then choose Single, then click on SEARCH. 
  6. ^ “W.A.S.P, The Better of the Greatest: 1984–2000, Vol. 1”. AllMusic. Retrieved 14 December 2019.
  7. ^ “The Who, Thirty Years of Most R&B”. Retrieved 14 December 2019.
  8. ^ Bonomi, Ilaria; Coletti, Vittorio. L’Italiano della musica nel mondo (in Italian). Accademia della Crusca. p. 186. ISBN 8-86-797423-8.
  9. ^ “Grand Theft Auto V Soundtracks”. IMDb. Retrieved 14 December 2019.
  10. ^ “Rocketman Soundtracks”. IMDb. Retrieved 14 December 2019.
  11. ^ “Saturday Evening’s Alright (For Combating) by Camila Mendes & Casey Cott (From Riverdale: Season 4) – Single”. Spotify. Retrieved 15 December 2019.

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