David Bowie had a few hits in the late 60’s and early 70’s, and to have a few songs in the charts was good, but arguably, David Bowie would never become such a big star had he not released what many consider his best album in 1972…
STARMAN: THE RISE AND FALL OF ZIGGY STARDUST AND THE SPIDERS FROM MARS
Ziggy Stardust is one of those special albums that many consider; from start to finish, absolutely perfect. For many young kids and teens, this was their first album, and when you have that, you have those kids grow up, have kids, and they create what could be considered a mythos, a legend. They make the artist look so revered and they make the album seem like one of the greatest things ever. And I am not complaining because sometimes things are overblown, but sometimes people are right. That’s just my opinion of course, but it is hard to argue that The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars is one of those albums that became a legend. That being said, it isn’t my favourite album of David Bowie, but it is certainly a top 5 contender, and many would consider it to be his number one album.
It is very hard for me to pick a particular song, as all of them have merit, all of them are brilliant in their own way. I could write a whole track by track on this particular album, and I very well may just do that one day. When I started AVBC, I knew it would be one song per album, and the song I consider the best. How do you pick the best of the best? Somehow, I have picked Starman.
Starman is a special song, it is mid to fast-paced, it follows major notes, giving it a very positive sound, and creates a story with the narrative present in its lyrics, something that most of these songs do. In this song, the arrival of Ziggy is imminent, and his arrival just brings joy. All elements of this song are at their best. Mick Ronson is at his best, and Bowie is at his best too. It is a wonderful song, and I don’t need to recommend it, as you probably all know it.