Posted on September 1, 2015 by Trace

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S T A R  M A N
D A V I D  B O W I E

Yesterday, January 10th 2016, we lost a true musical genius. In tribute to the legendary David Bowie aged 69 years …

David-Bowie-the-70s-9232713-500-510 The lyrics describe Ziggy Stardust bringing a message of hope to Earth’s youth through the radio; salvation by an alien ‘Starman’. The story is told from the point of view of one of the youths who hears Ziggy. 

thin-white-duke-david-bowie_1283284723According to Bowie himself, speaking to Rolling Stone magazine in 1973, Ziggy Stardust is not the Starman but merely his earthly messenger – contrary to received opinion which often paints Ziggy as an extraterrestrial.

article-2105938-0BD0649600000578-471_468x700The lead single ‘Starman’ off the album ‘The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars’ was released in 1972. It’s difficult for people who didn’t watch the original airing of David Bowie’s appearance on Top of the Pops in the summer of 1972 to fully understand its significance.

david-bowie-ziggy-stardust5The album had been on shelves for about a month, but they had yet to generate much heat and most people dismissed Bowie as the one-hit wonder who sang “Space Oddity” three very long years ago.

ziggytour-5470That all changed when this episode of Top of the Pops hit the airwaves on July 6, 1972 and people all over England first encountered a fellow wearing a rainbow jumpsuit and sporting a red mullet. He called himself Ziggy Stardust and the eclectic musicians around him were the Spiders From Mars. This was a time when Neil Diamond’s “Song Sung Blue” was Number One on the Hot 100 and teenage girls were swooning over Donny Osmond and David Cassidy. To many of them, Bowie seemed like a genuine space alien.

Mick-Ronson_2103172iThe song, which borrowed liberally from “Over the Rainbow” and “You Keep Me Hangin’ On,” was undeniably great, but that wasn’t what people were talking about the next morning. It was a moment right around the one minute mark,

where Bowie casually puts his arm around guitarist Mick Ronson’s shoulder and pulls him closer as they join voices on the chorus.  “All my other mates at school would say, ‘Did you see that bloke on Top of the Pops?’ He’s a right faggot, him!,'” said Ian McCulloch of Echo & the Bunnymen. “And I remember thinking, ‘You pillocks.’…It made me feel cooler.”


Many adults shared the opinion of McCulloch’s classmates. Homosexuality was still extremely taboo in England and even something as innocent as two flamboyant men singing with their arms around each other was scandalous. But Bowie knew exactly what he was doing. He grabbed the hearts of kids all over the country that felt like freaks and outcasts. Ziggy Stardust began flying off the shelves and crowds began pouring into his shows, many of them dressed like Bowie. The glitter rock scene had reached the masses. T. Rex’s Marc Bolan was still the movement’s leader, but he suddenly had some very intense competition. Source :: Rolling Stone

There’s a starman waiting in the sky

He’d like to come and meet us
But he thinks he’d blow our minds
There’s a starman waiting in the sky
He’s told us not to blow it
Cause he knows it’s all worthwhile
He told me:
Let the children lose it
Let the children use it
Let all the children boogie


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