Hello there and welcome to the weekend. Today marks a pretty big moment in rock music history. It was in this day 46-years-ago on June 16th, 1972 that David Bowie released his fifth studio album, “The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars.”
The record was recorded right on the heels of the studio-sessions for the 4th album,“Hunky Dory,” with some of the tracks completed before “Hunky Dory” was even released.
The album’s main character, Ziggy Stardust (played of course on-stage by Bowie) was a bisexual androgynous alien rock star. It became the first major alter-ego Bowie would take-on in his career.
As someone who grew-up with gender-identity issues, I was captivated by this character from a young age.
Regarded as his breakthrough album, the record was released to glowing reviews and is ranked by many among the best rock albums of all time. Let’s time-travel back to 1972 and put the needle down on “Moonage Daydream.” It’s just been added to the Mixed-Up Memories playlist. Happy listening!
PS While the Spotify version of "Moonage Daydream" is a remastered version of the original, the YouTube playlist contains a LIVE radio version recorded for BBC Radio's John Peel.