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Reflection on Ziggy,
This review is from: Ziggy Stardust (Audio CD)
Before this album, Bowie was only somewhat of a ridiculous character. You heard him telling everyone `I'm going to be huge!', you may have even seen photos of him making out with Mick Jagger...but you probably never heard any of his music. Then, what Bowie seems to have done with Ziggy, is take that part of himself that he knew was absolutely ridiculous-exaggerate to such an obscene extent-and then make it appear authentic. If anyone has ever heard Bowie talk about this album, it is easy to get the impression that he is just as confused by it as we are. He certainly attributed quite a bit of the creative process that went into Ziggy to `the help of some chemical substances at the time.'
Whether Bowie has any idea what he was doing is beside the point. The album rocks. Some say that no albums rocks more (Q (the magazine)), and everyone seems to concede that no album rocks in the same way. Each song has it's own style and charm, but also gracefully flows into the next. My favorite tracks are the first five, mostly because I prefer the softer ones, but when you want to rock, 'Suffragete City' takes you there.
And what Bowie did with his alter ego Ziggy Stardust was brilliant. He presented the alien as becoming an established rock legend - making Bowie appear like one too, even though, then, he was the fledging artist. Later, Bowie would say that he so engrossed with his creation that he couldn't tell where Ziggy began and he stopped `He's a monster and I'm Dr Frankenstein. He's my brother, and God, I love him.' - Bowie (1976) Bono is to have said of Ziggy that he `was the nicest fella from Mars I ever met...' I think Bowie knew there is something Godlike about a rock star, about what such a person represents to his audience, some impression of superhuman ability, of control, power. He knew about the need confused, young, passionate people had to worship something/somebody, and he cultivated/exploited that need.
Interesting Lyric: `Keep your mouth shut/Your squaking like a pink monkey bird!'