‘The Jean Genie’ was composed and recorded in New York City, where Bowie spent time with the Warhol set's Cyrinda Foxe. Bowie would later assert, "I wrote it for her amusement in her apartment. Sexy girl." The song's chugging R&B riff is often compared to The Yardbirds, especially their cover of Bo Diddley's ‘I'm a Man’, while the lyrics have been likened to the "stylised sleaze" of The Velvet Underground. Originally released as a single in November 1972, this is one of Bowie’s most famous tracks and was the lead single for the 1973 album Aladdin Sane.