[121] David Bowie – The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars

11 Jan

Oh, how I sighed / When they asked if I knew his name . . .

. . . To Hear Before I Blog

Never mind 1,000 recordings, Ziggy easily makes my all time Top 10.

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I once sang in a band (briefly) called The Diamond Dogs, so it should come as no surprise that David Bowie is one of my all time favorites, from his wierd-folk beginnings, through his metamorphosis into rock god, his asides into industrial metal, his consistent reimaginings and his always enormous reinvention.

And it all began for me with Ziggy . . .

The whole thing is flawless, at once creating a specific mood and and an entire world, exactly as a concept album should.  Each track is a complete story song in its own right, and at the same time advances the larger Bouroughs-esque novel of sci fi rock and roll fame.

I recall spending hours pouring over the images painted by the words on the opener, “Five Years”, each phrase a vignette worthy of comparison with the…

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