Daily Archives: February 7, 2012
1972 -73 are the years that Bowie arguably had his biggest impact. He had a hit in 1969 with ‘Space Oddity’ and 1970’s LP Hunky Dory did OK but Bowie was still the long haired fey looking hippie. 1972 saw the release of his new alter-ego Ziggy Stardust and it’s backing band – The Spiders From Mars. Overnight Bowie went from looking like everyone else, too looking like an alien. In the words of biographer David Buckley, Bowie “challenged the core belief of the rock music of its day” and “created perhaps the biggest cult in popular culture”. Bowie would take his persona one step further in 1973 with the release of ‘Alladin Sane’ – that with the thunderbolt makeup – and would tour the world on the back of the hits ‘Starman’, ‘The Jean Genie’, and ‘Drive-In Saturday’. 26 years old, lookin’ good and ready to rule the world.