I love David Bowie. Furthermore, I love Ziggy Stardust. I think it might just be the best damn glam rock album ever made. The team of David Bowie and Mick Ronson (who also, by the way, created Lou Reed’s seminal Transformer album) created something really special with the album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, and the music, while 40 years old, still amazes me.
“There’s a Starman waiting in the sky
He’s like to come and meet us, but he thinks he’d blow our mind.”
Our minds were definitely blown.
If you’ve seen the movie Guardians of the Galaxy, then you’ve probably been freaking out in a Moonage Daydream all summer. Penny has been bopping around the house, insisting that she’s an alligator… she’s a space invader… she’ll be a rock ‘n’ rollin’ biznitch for me. If you have been a constant reader (and I know you have, darlings) then you’ll know that this was already a thing in Casa de Hann-Basquiat (we liked Ziggy before it was cool… well, okay, after its original coolness, but before its resurgence…. lets face it…Ziggy’s always been cool for those in the know.)
So, today, I’m here to educate those who may have never heard this (shocking, but possible), and to remind those that already love it why they do.
I’ll encourage you with the words of Ziggy himself, printed on the back of the album cover, and tell you that this album is TO BE PLAYED AT MAXIMUM VOLUME.