November 5, 2007

The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars

The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, David Bowie, Rolling Stone Magazine's #35

Ziggy Stardustexile staff consensus: Top 200 album

the breakdown:

4.5 cannons - eurowags
3.5 cannons - lenbarker and venerableseed
3.0 cannons - angryyoungman and polchic

the essays:
- Our last Ziggy Stardust post is an Ancient Scientist banger meditating on the end of the 60's, the end of childhood, and a new awakening. Amazing stuff. Now if only I could find a picture of that Ziggy Stardust poster... (UPDATE: I think I did!)

Note that the winning Halloween Bowie persona was Ziggy Stardust and that a new poll is up involving our next (beginning on Wednesday 11/7) album: Springsteen's Tunnel of Love. The question is simple: Bruce or Bowie?

11/3 - LB wonders why Ziggy Stardust fails to completely blow him away, which leads to a few questions and some terrific answers.

11/1 - How about that. The Angry Young Man snuck in with a post about organization which is soooo fascist Bowie. (the organization part, not the post itself) It lingered down at blog bottom for a day or so but now it's up to its rightful place!

10/26 - next up is eurowags invoking another English star of the gilded stage: Laurence Olivier.

10/25 - up first, me, and Why I Blame Andrew Lloyd Webber

the introduction:
A martian, a miscast Messiah, music mythology. Ziggy Stardust. If you can follow the album's story I suppose it makes perfect sense. But what does it mean, man? Well, what does it mean to you? The album's been adored, venerated in film, and played on jukeboxes in the most unlikely and likely of places. Let's listen again.

Poll Question:
which David Bowie persona would you most like to be for Halloween?
Ziggy Stardust - 25%
Halloween Jack - 8%
Aladdin Sane - 8%
Thin White Duke - 16%
Fascist Bowie - 0%
80's R&B Bowie - 25%
Jareth, the Goblin King - 16%
Tin Machine Bowie - 0%

Poll Question:
Bruce (Springsteen) or Bowie?
Bruce - 33%
Bowie - 66%


Ancient Scientist said...

These poll results are the lamest thing I have ever seen. '80's Bowie?!?! Remind me never to go to a Halloween party with you drips.

venerableseed said...

so who did you vote for, Ziggy Stardust?

venerableseed said...

I mean, I only said Jareth the Goblin King because I am still so hot for Jennifer Connelly. I shouldn't have even included it b/c the Goblin King isn't actually a Bowie persona but still, Jennifer Connelly.

Dave said...

How about "Bowie the Wannabe Internet Nerd of the late 90s"? Remember when he was trying to create his own ISP and sell people email addresses?

Ancient Scientist said...

Bruce shouldn't be allowed in the same room as David Bowie.

polchic said...

Dear Ancient,

Did you ever see that episode of Extras where Ricky Gervaise gets to share a VIP area with Bowie?

Bowie's asked to pen a song about Gervaise. It starts out fairly benign but descends into something like: "silly little fat man....see his pug-nosed face..... fat..fat...fat..fat." and the pub sings along.

Just sub Springsteen for Gervaise and I think you have a visual you'd enjoy.

Ancient Scientist said...

O I'm not going to say that Bruce is silly and fat, although compared to Bowie he is. But aren't we all - I mean Bowie could sing that about almost the entirety of the world's population.

Anyway, I would think that current Elder Statesman Bowie would be too gallant to rip on Bruce. You'd need Fascist Bowie or the Thin White Duke to sneer in disdain at Bruce's blue-collar earnest frumpery.