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The rise and fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars

by David Bowie; Mick Ronson; Trevor Bolder; Mick Woodmansey; Spiders from Mars (Musical group),

  Music CD : CD audio : CD for computer   Computer File

Wham Bam Thank You Ma'am   (2010-09-30)


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by russh29

I'd love to be able to claim that as a hip 10 year old I remember seeing Bowie perform "Starman" on Top Of The Pops and persuaded my parents to get me a copy of "Ziggy..." and have been in it's thrall ever since.

The truth is I didn't really "discover" Bowie until the early 80's. But since I first heard this record I have indeed been in it's thrall.

From the opening faded in drum intro to "Five Years" introducing us to crying newsmen, soldiers, cops, priests and violent young girls at the end of the world; through the psych-out that is "Moonage Daydream" where Bowie lets Mick Ronson off the leash; into the proto-Punk of "Suffragette City", "Ohhh, wham bam thank you maam!" indeed; and ending with the doomed inevitabilty of "Rock 'n' Roll Suicide" this album presents you with everything that was good about early 70's rock (i.e it wasn't Pink Floyd or Led Zeppelin), introduced a wider audience to arguably the most important solo artist of the 1970's and, even though he lifted great chunks of it from the Velvet Underground, Lou Reed and Iggy Pop, Bowie laid the foundations for what was to come towards the end of the decade.

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