I couldn’t let the 40th anniversary of the release of Bowie‘s classic 1972 album ‘The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars‘ go unmentioned could I? It will be 40 years old on June 6th and of course being the Bowie fanatic that I am the vinyl reissue which comes with a DVD including some unreleased mixes is winging its way to me as I type. Bowie has said in the early 70s that the Ziggy album was a concept album, personally I don’t really see that, but that doesn’t make it any less of an album.
How many of you own at least one version of Bowie’s Ziggy album? lots of you I hope and if you don’t own it what’s keeping you, go out and buy it, download it, borrow it or steal it now! The album took just no more than 10 days to record, which by todays standards is faster than the speed of sound and light, or perhaps sound and vision, (get it?) combined.
So, as I’m sure you have heard the album many times I thought I’d present it in a slightly different way, by giving you all the tracks in their original order but performed by different artists. Some whom you may have heard of and others you may not have. But just to make sure you don’t miss out on the Dame himself I have tagged on two cover versions that might have made it onto the album but didn’t. The covers track listing is shown below. PLAY LOUD and Enjoy!
“Five Years” – Polyphonic Spree
“Soul Love” – Tim Kasher
“Moonage Daydream” – Killers
“Starman” – Culture Club
“It Ain’t Easy” -Raconteurs
“Lady Stardust” – Seu Jorge
“Star” – System Noise
“Hang On To Yourself” – Charles De Goal
“Ziggy Stardust” – Balzac
“Suffragette City” – Turbonegro
“Rock n Roll Suicide” – Black Box Recorder
Now it’s time for Dave does Chuck and Jacques or Bowie does Berry and Brel!
Bowie has a message for MC Hammer about big trousers……”U can’t touch these!”