How’s this for a period of musical productivity?
David Bowie releases Hunky Dory in 1971. That album features “Changes,” “Life on Mars?” and “Queen Bitch,” three of his best selling singles.
In 1972, Bowie releases today’s album, a concept record: The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. It features the singles “Starman,” “Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide,” and “Suffragette City” – not to mention “Moonage Daydream” and the title track “Ziggy Stardust.”
Then, in 1973, Bowie releases his most memorable character via Aladdin Sane, which featured lead single “The Jean Genie.”
And before I go any further, let’s get the sillies out of the way. I’ve been waiting for this album if only for the excuse to include this video: John C. Reilly as Dewey Cox in Walk Hard performing a rendition of Bowie’s “Starman” –
Say what you will about the movie, but the first time I watched it, I laughed so hard I nearly vomited. One must watch Joaquin Phoenix’s Johnny Cash’s bio-pic Walk the Line to fully appreciate the mockumentary that is Walk Hard, but that Reilly covers Bowie in his flick is a testament to the legend that is Bowie.
Since this is the last time I will be able to write about Bowie this year (in the spirit of fairness to his work, I decided to only talk about this record and Let’s Dance because I’ll just trivialize and diminish the mystique with my inanity anyway), the most I can say is that, of any world famous artist, Bowie’s music has meant the most to me. As I explained before, I named my dog after him. That’s something that will last forever.
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars is both a classic album and concert movie recording.
There is no one like Bowie today, nor will there be ever.
He is, in my eyes, the greatest recording artist of all time.
From Ziggy Stardust, this is the infectious “Suffragette City” –
Standout tracks: “Starman” and “Moonage Daydream” and “Ziggy Stardust” – K. West = Kanye West, by the way. Totally called that one years ahead of time.
Weakest track: “Five Years” is pretty depressing.
RIYL: ‘70s pop-rock, glam rock. It sounds a bit like Elton John at times, but again, Bowie is one of a kind.