When this album came out in 1972, that was almost the reason why this Dog dyed his hair neon orange and indeed blue eyeshadow. Fortunately, a strong collar and leash was put in place before this demonstration took place. But nevertheless, this album deeply marked the history of rock’n’roll.
In football parlance, this album took David Bowie from Division Three relegation contender to Premier League champion in the blink of an eye adorned with mascara. When Bowie created Ziggy Stardust, he created a monster that would take him on one of the most thrilling roller coasters in the history of the entertainment industry.
The songs Bowie wrote for this album were his strongest so far. So, picking up heavy rock from the previous year’s “Man Who Sold The World” and power pop from “Hunky Dory,” which was only six months old, he created the perfect concept album. Bowie then had the musical nuance to choose the perfect musicians to make his dreams of fame come true.
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With the band standing in satin pants next to Bowie, Mick Ronson squeezed every ounce of emotion out of his guitars and took Bowie’s songs to another dimension. Hear the heart-wrenching savagery of “Moonage Daydream” (whose guitar solo at the end is often imitated but never enhanced), the scintillating riffs of the title track, and the sheer, overwhelming boogie of “Suffragette City”. It makes you realize that Bowie never could have done this without Hull’s platinum-haired spider Mick Ronson.
The words are stuck in your face and stuck in your throat. Then there are Bowie’s excursions into the future, such as the heavy “Star Man” image – He would like to come meet us but he thinks he would blow us away. This is followed by the album’s final issue, “Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide,” which also closed the gig, with the singer begging the audience to “hold on” him before he was taken away.
Nonetheless, Bowie would soon tire of the character of Ziggy (dividing the spiders at the height of their powers). This dramatic music with its boastful saxophones, its rough-edged guitars, its tinkling piano, its grandiloquent percussions and its crisp production marked the music industry. He created his own category of glam rock and also changed fashion forever.
The concerts were amazing but you had to have the music and this album was full of cutting edge songs that last decades later.
Put on your platform boots, shake your spandex and, as the leper Messiah preached, “Let your imagination fly.”
5 stars for the Starman.
David Bowie – vocals and acoustic guitars
Mick Ronson – guitar and production
Trevor Bolder – bass guitar (and the most spectacular favorites ever)
Woody Woodmansy – drums
List of tracks:
Love of the soul
It is not easy
Hold on to yourself
To note: Written by Mott The Dog and Hells Bells which can be found in another time at Jameson’s The Irish Pub, Soi AR, North Pattaya.