Saturday, 14 June 2008

Classic Albums - The Rise & Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars

What can I say? Probably for me, Bowie's finest album which has stayed with me through the years and even now I can go back to it and get a massive buzz from it. I was a late developer when it came to Bowie being only 10 or 11 when this came out. Something I never forgave Bowie for as I always felt two years behind. It was Andrew Sykes who pointed me in the right direction and lent me this album, allowing me to hear it for the first time. I distinctly remember waiting outside in the cold for the school to open it's doors one cold morning. I had a copy of Diamond Dogs under my arm and Andy asked what I thought of it and brought in Ziggy Stardust the next day. I don't think any of the parties we went to over the next few years would have been complete without sticking on 'Moonage Daydream' and 'freaking out' with our air guitars. This was the album that got me into playing guitar after hearing Mick Ronson's stunning guitar sound. I could rant on...
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Phil G said...

Ah yes, was only listening to this yesterday! Bought my copy from Mr Pickwick Record shop situated at the bottom of Tuckingmill for £2.18.I think Mr Pickwick was run by an ex RCGS pupil?
Around that time many of us wanted a 'Bowie Cut', however I can't remember any good ones appearing on pupils attending RCGS. Mike A briefly had a bizarre 'Keegan Cut' (courtesy of 'Bernard’s Barbers'), and of course myself with...the serrated edge.

Steve Cox said...

You're right Phil. I remember going into a barbers at the bottom of Station Hill in Redruth brandishing my copy of Bowie's 'Pinups'. They just looked at me as if I was crazy. I had a couple of attempts at doing it myself. One terrible result can just be made out on the panoramic school photo from 1976.