Elton’s tune The Bitch is Back was a big hit in the seventies, (it went to #1 in Canada), but it hasn’t really maintained that place in his canon. Tiny Dancer wasn’t a hit at all when it came out, but you hear it a lot more these days. I can only speculate that this is due to the obvious fact that it spawned the entire genre of “Gansta” misogyny, making it acceptable to refer to women as “bitches” in the popular arena. Still, I wonder if it might not be time for a reappraisal. Elton was living in a different time, and he was, after all, referring to himself as the “bitch” that was back. This adds a layer of meaning that his later acolytes in NWA failed to incorporate. Maybe we could all benefit from inviting our inner bitch to come back.