(hennemusic) David Bowie’s crew share video footage from a 1972 UK TV performance of ‘Starman’ as part of the ongoing 50th anniversary celebrations of his album, ‘The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From March”.
The 6 July broadcast on BBC’s Top Of The Pops was taped a day earlier at the BBC Television Center in White City. Considered one of the most essential pieces of music television ever to air, the appearance influenced generations of musicians, artists and writers who saw it at the time and countless others who saw it. have seen over the decades, from counterfeit VHS copies to YouTube clips.
The performance propelled Bowie to stardom. Thursday, July 6, 1972 is said to be “the day that invented the 80s” because so many musicians who became household names saw the performance and it changed their lives. Spectators for the evening included Bono from U2, Robert Smith from The Cure, Boy George, Adam Ant, Mick Jones from The Clash, Gary Kemp from Spandau Ballet, Morrissey and Johnny Marr from The Smiths, Siouxsie Sioux, Toyah Willcox, John Taylor and Nick Rhodes. of Duran Duran, Dave Gahan of Depeche Mode and many more.
“There is no doubt that Bowie’s appearance on Top Of The Pops was a watershed moment in British music history,” says BBC 6Music broadcaster Marc Riley. “Like the Sex Pistols at Manchester’s Lesser Free Trade Hall in 1976, his performance set fire to the flames for thousands of children who until then had struggled to find catalyst in their lives.”
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