David Bowie: Ziggy Stardust

August 23, New York: I’ve had David Bowie on the mind a lot lately. It started when I read VALIS, which includes “Mother Goose”, a thinly-disguised fictional version of Bowie during his Ziggy Stardust era. Then I rediscovered the Nirvana Unplugged album and had “Man Who Sold the World” stuck in my head for two days. On the second of those days I was walking to work, singing it to myself, when I saw this store window at Saks.

It was a sign. This was the week to listen to Bowie.

There is a lot of Bowie to love, but Ziggy Stardust is by far my favorite. The select individual songs and the album as a whole. It is just a great rock album. But I’m also a sucker for a concept album that tells a story, and the (full-name:) Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust certainly does that. From “Five Years” to “Ziggy Stardust” to “Rock n’ Roll Suicide”. All three of those are three of my favorite songs to sing along to. “Ziggy” was even briefly a go-to karaoke song for me. And in this listen, in my kitchen, making pizza, I was singing and dancing like I was on a tiny under colored lights, perhaps in spaceman makeup. These songs make you feel like you’re on stage.

Buy this album and dance around your kitchen singing it to yourself and/or your cat.

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