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Elton John's fifth studio album Honky Château was named after the 18th century French chateau where it was was recorded: Château d'Hérouville. The album marked the beginning of the pianist's transition from singer-songwriter to more rock 'n' roller. It was also the first album to feature his road band of bassist Dee Murray, drummer Nigel Olsson and guitarist Davey Johnstone. The album was a critical and commercial success, becoming the first of several straight albums to top the US Billboard charts.

The album's first single "Rocket Man (I Think It's Going to Be a Long, Long Time)" was inspired by the short story "The Rocket Man" in Ray Bradbury's The Illustrated and longtime lyricist Bernie Taupin's sighting of a shooting star. The song echoes the theme of David Bowie's "Space Oddity." It describes a Mars-bound astronaut's mixed feelings leaving his family in order to do his "everyday occupation" with the notion of astronauts no longer being perceived as heroes. An arranged ballad anchored by piano with atmospheric texture added by engineer Dave Hentschel's synthesizers, the song was known to be the first song in Elton's catalog to feature what would become the signature backing vocal combination of his back-up band. The song was a critical and commercial hit, and went on to be covered by several bands.

The comedy rock music group Ninja Sex Party consists of singer Danny Sexbang (Dan Avidan) and keyboardist Ninja Brian (Brian Wecht, PhD). Following the commercial success of their first covers album Under The Covers in 2016, they recorded and released a second volume featuring covers of their 70's and 80's influences including Toto, Boston, Peter Gabriel, Asia, Def Leppard and Stevie Wonder. Tupper Ware Remix Party rejoined the duo as the backup band for a majority of the songs. The concluding track "Rocket Man" was once again recorded with acoustic guitars by the Super Guitar Bros (Steve Poissant & Sam Griffin). A third album of cover songs is possibly in the works.

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