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Day 8: David Bowie – The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars

8 Mar

Suffragete City

I keep up with today’s indie music.  I try to, at least.  I’ll be the first to admit though, that my knowledge on music that was made before the nineties is insufficient.  That’s why I’ll be letting my dad pick an album for me to listen to once a week.  He’s the type of guy who says “I have that on vinyl.” to pretty much every old song that we hear on the radio, so I believe he’s more than qualified for this.

For this first week, mi padre picked Ziggy Stardust by Bowie.  The only song by Bowie that I really knew before this was Suffragette City, due to the countless hours that I used to spend playing Rock Band.  That had to change.

I understand why the album has remained so popular over the years–it’s really fun to listen to!  It’s pretty much your standard rock music, with a few unexpected instruments thrown in now and then (sax, harpsichord) and a singer with a great, distinct, unique voice.

The thing that sticks out the most about this album is definitely Bowie’s voice.  I listen to so many bands with awful singers, that it’s nice to hear someone with pipes every now and then.  You don’t need a good voice to make good music, but it can’t hurt.

Apparently, there’s some kind of story attached with this album.  I think it’s about aliens teaching humans about peace and love and then getting killed or something…obviously, I wasn’t able to pick up on the plot of this album too well.  If it really is there, it’s nothing like…let’s say Hospice by the Antlers, where you get slapped in the face numerous times with the story line.  You don’t really need to understand a story or theme to enjoy this album, fortunately.  It’s just all-around solid rock music, which is better without a plot.

Wham bam thank you mam.