- The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars
Name = The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars
Type = studio
Released = Start date|1972|6|6|df=yes
Trident Studios, London, start date|1971|9|7|df=yes, November 1971, start date|1972|1|12|df=yes – end date|1972|1|18|df=yes
Length = 38:37
Label = RCA Victor
Producer = David Bowie,
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2=Review by "Spin" staff
1995Weisbard & Marks, 1995. p.55]
Last album = "
Hunky Dory" (1971)
This album = The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1972)
Next album = "
Aladdin Sane" (1973)
Misc = Singles
Name = The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars
Type = studio
Single 1 = Starman
Single 1 date = start date|1972|04|14|df=yes
"The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars" is a 1972
concept albumby English rock musician David Bowie. It peaked at number five in the United Kingdomcite web |url=http://www.everyhit.com |title=UK Top 40 Hit Database |accessdate=2008-05-18 ] and number 75 in the United Stateson the Billboard Music Charts.cite web |url=http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10: |title=allmusic (((Ziggy Stardust > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums))) |accessdate=2008-05-18 ] A concert film of the same name directed by D.A. Pennebakerwas released in 1973.
Conception and inspiration
The album presents the story, albeit vaguely, of "Ziggy Stardust," the human representative of an alien being who is hoping to present humanity with a message of hope in the last five years of its existence. Ziggy Stardust is the definitive rock star: sexually promiscuous, wild in drug intake and with a message, ultimately, of peace and love; but he is destroyed both by his own excesses of drugs and sex, and by the fans he inspired. The real-life inspiration for Ziggy was chiefly
Vince Taylor. [cite web |url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/6230201.stm |last=Thompson |first=Jody |title=Sixty things about David Bowie |accessdate=2008-03-20 ]
Bowie claimed that the name came from a tailor's shop in
Londoncalled Ziggy's. [cite album-notes |title=The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars |bandname= David Bowie|year=1972 |first=Jeff |last=Rougivie |pages=p. 1 |format=CD special edition booklet |publisher=Rykodisc |publisherid=RCD 90134 |location= Salem, Massachusetts|mbid=3f052b2b-9db8-4138-ac35-998d14c904a5 ]
Bowie later told "
Rolling Stone" it was "one of the few Christian names I could find beginning with the letter 'Z'." "Stardust" comes from one of Bowie's labelmates, a country singer named Norman Carl Odam, The Legendary Stardust Cowboy. [cite web |url=http://www.5years.com/faq.htm |title=ZSC:Frequently Asked Questions |work=The Ziggy Stardust Companion |accessdate=2008-03-20 ] Bowie covered a Legendary Stardust Cowboy song, "I Took a Trip (On a Gemini Spaceship)" thirty years later on "Heathen".
The "Ziggy Stardust" sessions began just a few weeks after "Hunky Dory" was released. The first song recorded for the album, the cover "It Ain't Easy," was recorded in September 1971. The first session in November produced "Hang on to Yourself," "Ziggy Stardust," "Rock 'n' Roll Star" (later shortened to "Star"), "Moonage Daydream," "Soul Love," "Lady Stardust," and "Five Years."
Also recorded during the November Ziggy Sessions were two more cover songs intended for the as-yet untitled album. They were
Chuck Berry's " Around and Around" (re-titled "Round and Round") and Jacques Brel's "Amsterdam" (re-titled "Port of Amsterdam"). A re-recording of " Holy Holy" (first recorded in 1970 and released as a single, to poor sales, in January 1971) was initially slated for "Ziggy", but was dropped in favour of "Rock 'n' Roll Suicide." "Round and Round" was replaced by "Starman" and "It Ain't Easy" replaced "Amsterdam" on the album's final running order. All three were eventually released as b-sides.
"Velvet Goldmine," first recorded during the "Hunky Dory" sessions, was also intended for Ziggy, but was replaced by "Suffragette City." RCA released it in 1975 as the b-side to the UK re-release of "
Space Oddity" after having it remixed and mastered without Bowie's approval.
After recording some of the new songs for "Sounds of the 70s" with Bob Harris (which appear on "
Bowie at the Beeb") as the newly-dubbed Spiders from Mars in January-February 1972, the band returned to Trident. They recorded "Starman," "Suffragette City," and "Rock 'n' Roll Suicide" by the end of the month.
"Starman," released as a single in April (and not intended for the final album at first), has never appeared in its original "loud" mix on CD. It differs somewhat in that it "features a subdued 'morse code' section between the verse and the chorus" [cite web |url=http://www.stevehoffman.tv/forums/showthread.php?t=106219 |title=Starman - David Bowie. Original UK LP and 45 mix is AWOL!! |accessdate=2008-03-23] compared to the original released in 1972. "Starman"'s b-side, "Suffragette City," was mastered for the album with a three-note coda leading in from "Ziggy Stardust" to make the songs sound linked. They were never played as such by Bowie in concert.
Recorded and released during the ensuing "Ziggy" tour were two other songs. The first, "
John, I'm Only Dancing," was recorded at Trident in late June and released (in the UK only) in September. " The Jean Genie," recorded at RCA Studios in New York in early October at the start of the American tour, was released in the U.S. in November. The song was remixed for " Aladdin Sane".
Rick Wakemanwas given the opportunity to play keyboards on the album but Rick opted to join the progressive rockgroup Yes instead.
The album was intended by Bowie to serve as the soundtrack and musical basis for a stage show and/or television production telling the story of Ziggy Stardust. As well as the songs on the album, Bowie also intended songs such as "
All the Young Dudes", " Rebel Rebel" and " Rock 'n' Roll With Me" (the latter two later recorded for " Diamond Dogs") for this realization of the Ziggy story. In a "Rolling Stone" interview with William S. Burroughs, Bowie outlined the full plot of the Ziggy Stardust story:
"The time is five years to go before the end of the earth. It has been announced that the world will end because of lack of natural resources. Ziggy is in a position where all the kids have access to things that they thought they wanted. The older people have lost all touch with reality and the kids are left on their own to plunder anything. Ziggy was in a rock-and-roll band and the kids no longer want rock-and-roll. There's no electricity to play it. Ziggy's adviser tells him to collect news and sing it, 'cause there is no news. So Ziggy does this and there is terrible news. 'All the young dudes' is a song about this news. It's no hymn to the youth as people thought. It is completely the opposite. [...] "
"The end comes when the infinites arrive. They really are a black hole, but I've made them people because it would be very hard to explain a black hole on stage. [...] "
"Ziggy is advised in a dream by the infinites to write the coming of a Starman, so he writes 'Starman', which is the first news of hope that the people have heard. So they latch onto it immediately...The starmen that he is talking about are called the infinites, and they are black-hole jumpers. Ziggy has been talking about this amazing spaceman who will be coming down to save the earth. They arrive somewhere in Greenwich Village. They don't have a care in the world and are of no possible use to us. They just happened to stumble into our universe by black hole jumping. Their whole life is travelling from universe to universe. In the stage show, one of them resembles Brando, another one is a Black New Yorker. I even have one called Queenie, the Infinite Fox...Now Ziggy starts to believe in all this himself and thinks himself a prophet of the future starmen. He takes himself up to the incredible spiritual heights and is kept alive by his disciples. When the infinites arrive, they take bits of Ziggy to make them real because in their original state they are anti-matter and cannot exist in our world. And they tear him to pieces on stage during the song 'Rock 'n' roll suicide'. As soon as Ziggy dies on stage the infinites take his elements and make themselves visible."
The more generally acknowledged story, however, has Ziggy Stardust himself being the "starman", from Mars, who has come to save the Earth with messages of love and peace, and Bowie has referred to Ziggy as a "Martian" in several interviews.
Styles and themes
Many of Bowie's songs are homages to his favorite musicians, frequently with chords and styles taken and reinterpreted in a
glam rockfashion. "Star" begins similarly to The Who's "Pinball Wizard" (from "Tommy"), while surf rock(such as The Beach Boys) influenced "Suffragette City." Most of the other songs are pure glam rock, influenced by T. Rex, Ray Davies, The Stoogesand The Velvet Underground, among others.
Many of the songs on this album show Bowie's habit of inserting powerful exhalations, usually nothing more than a "ha" or "ah" shouted with great intensity. One more complex example is on "Suffragette City" where the frantically shouted "wham, bam, thank you ma'am" was an improvised replacement for "one more time," and was a homage to the song of a similar title ("Wham Bam Thank You Mam") by
Small Faces. In addition, simple two-syllable phrases provide the spine for "Suffragette City" ("hey man"), "Hang on to Yourself" ("come on"), "Lady Stardust" ("all right"), and "Five Years" ("five years"). [Review by Terry Atkinson in "Phonograph Record Magazine" (July 1972). cite web |url=http://www.5years.com/TA.htm |title=ZSC:Reviews |work=The Ziggy Stardust Companion |accessdate=2008-03-20 ]
In "Five Years", the album's opener, the title is hoarsely shouted repeatedly, each time more and more powerful as though Bowie were having a breakdown in the studio. "Star" is a pure
rock and rollsong, describing the beauty of being a rock star; it is Ziggy's dream, ending with the prophetic "just watch me now," taken from the Velvet Underground's " Sweet Jane." "Starman," the album's single, has been described as a cross between mod and " Somewhere Over the Rainbow", [Review by John Tiven in "Phonograph Record Magazine" (July 1972). cite web |url=http://www.5years.com/Rjt.htm |title=ZSC:Reviews |work=The Ziggy Stardust Companion |accessdate=2008-03-20 ] with an exhilarating chorus of Ziggy sending a message to Earthlings via the radio, warning them that he will come to liberate their minds if they are ready for it. "Soul Love" is notable for Bowie's pioneering and original use of a jazzy saxophone.
Release and aftermath
Upon its release on
6 June 1972, "Ziggy Stardust" reached number five in the UK and number seventy-five in the US. The album was eventually certified platinum and gold in the UK and US respectively. [cite web |url=http://www.riaa.com/goldandplatinumdata.php |title=RIAA Gold and Platinum |accessdate=2008-05-18 ] cite web |url=http://www.bpi.co.uk/ |title=BPI Certified Awards |accessdate=2008-05-18 ] The only single from the record, "Starman", charted at number ten in the UK while peaking at the sixty-fifth spot in the US.
In 1997 "Ziggy Stardust" was named the 20th greatest album of all time in a 'Music of the Millennium' poll conducted by HMV,
Channel 4, " The Guardian" and Classic FM. In 1998 "Q" magazine readers placed it at number 24 and VirginAll-time Top 1000 Albums ranked it at number 11, while in 2003 the TV network VH1placed it at number 48. It was named the 35th best album ever made by " Rolling Stone" on their list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. In 2000 "Q" placed it at number 25 in its list of the 100 Greatest British Albums Ever. In 2004 it was placed at number 81 in Pitchfork Media's Top 100 Albums of the 1970s. In his 1995 book, "The Alternative Music Almanac," Alan Crossplaced the album in the #3 spot on the list of '10 Classic Alternative Albums'. In 2006, the album was chosen by "TIME" magazine as one of the 100 best albums of all time. [cite web |url=http://www.time.com/time/2006/100albums/index.html |title=The All-TIME 100 Albums |accessdate=2008-01-16 |work=time.com] In September 2008, it placed #1 in Out Magazine's "The 100 Greatest, Gayest Albums" chart. [cite web|url=http://www.out.com/detail.asp?id=24091]
All tracks written by
David Bowieexcept as noted. [David Bowie. "Ziggy Stardust" (Rykodisc, 1990).]
Five Years" – 4:43
Soul Love" – 3:33
Moonage Daydream" – 4:35
# "Starman" – 4:16
# "It Ain't Easy" (Ron Davies) – 2:56
Lady Stardust" – 3:20
# "Star" – 2:47
Hang on to Yourself" – 2:37
# "Ziggy Stardust" – 3:05
Suffragette City" – 3:19
Rock 'n' Roll Suicide" – 2:57
Bonus tracks (1990 Rykodisc/EMI)
John, I'm Only Dancing" (previously unreleased mix) – 2:43
# "Velvet Goldmine" (single b-side of from the 1975 RCA re-release of "
Space Oddity; original recording from the " Hunky Dory" sessions, 1971) – 3:09
Sweet Head" (previously unreleased outtake) – 4:14
# "Ziggy Stardust" (demo) – 2:35
Lady Stardust" (demo) – 3:35
Dana Gillespie– backing vocals on "It Ain't Easy"
Rick Wakeman– harpsichord, keyboards
* Lindsay Scott –
Ken Scott– producer, recording engineer, mixing engineer
* David Bowie – producer
* Dr. Toby Mountain – remastering engineer (for Rykodisc release)
* Jonathan Wyner – assistant remastering engineer (for Rykodisc release)
* Peter Mew – remastering engineer (for EMI release)
* Nigel Reeve – assistant remastering engineer (for EMI release)
Compact disc releases
"Ziggy Stardust" was first released in Start date|1984|11 on
compact discby RCA. The digital master recordingwas made from the equalised master tapes used for the LP release. [cite web |url=http://www.5years.com/rcacd.htm |title=ZSC:RCA CD (1984) |work=The Ziggy Stardust Companion |accessdate=2008-05-18 ]
Dr. Toby Mountain at Northeastern Digital Recording|Northeastern Digital,
Southborough, Massachusetts[cite web |url=http://www.northeasterndigital.com/audio/bios.htm |title=Northeastern Digital home page |accessdate=2008-05-26 ] , remastered "Ziggy" from the original master tapes for Rykodisc, who released it with five bonus tracks.
The album was remastered by Peter Mew at
Abbey Road Studioswithout bonus material, with the same track listing as the 1984 CD release.
In 2002, a 2-disc version was released by EMI/Virgin. The first in a series of "30th Anniversary 2CD Editions", this release included a newly-remastered version as its first CD. The second disc contains twelve tracks, most of which had been previously released on CD as bonus tracks of the 1990-92 reissues. "Sweet Head" is the same version as on the 1990 reissue, but with extended studio banter in the beginning. The new mix of "Moonage Daydream" was originally done for a 1998 Dunlop
The remaster on this edition reverses the left and right stereo channels on the first disc and many of the songs have been edited. Among other things, the three-note bridge between "Ziggy Stardust" and "Suffragette City," and the count-in to "Hang on to Yourself" are missing.David Bowie. "Ziggy Stardust: 30th Anniversary Edition" (EMI, 2002).]
At the same time, an SACD version which includes both stereo and 5.1 mixes (both with 96KHz/24 bit resolution) was released.
Bonus CD (2002 EMI/Virgin)
All tracks written by David Bowie except as noted.
Moonage Daydream" ( Arnold Cornsversion) – 3:53
Hang on to Yourself" (Arnold Corns version) – 2:55
# "Lady Stardust" (demo) – 3:34
# "Ziggy Stardust" (demo) – 3:38
# "John, I'm Only Dancing" – 2:49
# "Velvet Goldmine" – 3:14
Holy Holy" (1972 re-recording) – 2:26
# "Amsterdam" (
Jacques Brel, Mort Shuman) – 3:25
The Supermen" (alternate version, recorded for the Glastonbury Fayrein 1971, originally released on "Glastonbury Fayre Revelations - A Musical Anthology", 1972 cite web |url=http://www.5years.com/ziggy30th2cd.htm |title=EMI 30th Anniversary 2CD Limited Edition (2002) |work=The Ziggy Stardust Companion |accessdate=2008-06-22 ] and on CD on 1990's Rykodisc/ EMI"Hunky Dory) – 2:41
# "Round and Round" (Berry) – 2:44
# "Sweet Head" – 4:53
# "Moonage Daydream" (new mix) – 4:47
(only on tracks where it differs from album)
* David Bowie – vocals on 1 2, guitar on 1 2 4, piano on 1 2 3
* Freddi Burretti – vocals on 1 2
* Peter De Somogyl – bass on 1 2
* Mark Carr Pritchard – guitar on 1 2
* Tim Broadbent – drums on 1 2
* Lindsay Scott – violin on 5
Release history (selected)
coauthors= Craig Marks
title= Spin Alternative Record Guide
publisher= Vintage Books
* [http://www.5years.com/start.htm The Ziggy Stardust Companion]
* [http://www.genesis-publications.com/books/bowie/index.html "Moonage Daydream: The Life & Times of Ziggy Stardust"] by
David Bowie& Mick Rock
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