Song of the Day #1,597: ‘Lady Stardust’ – David Bowie

I’ve featured only one David Bowie song on this blog, and that was nearly four years ago. There is definitely a Bowie-sized hole in my music collection.

I never got around to exploring Bowie’s discography the way I’ve dug back into, say, The Rolling Stones. He remains a mystery, floating just outside of my sphere of familiarity though I’m very much aware of how beloved he is by critics and fans alike.

The one Bowie album I own is Ziggy Stardust (aka The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars) and, truth be told, I don’t think I’ve listened to it all the way through since college.

That’s strange, because I really like it. Listening to today’s random selection, I’m reminded that it’s a rich and emotionally satisfying piece of work.

Any big Bowie fans out there? Which of his albums would you recommend to a newbie?

People stared at the makeup on his face
Laughed at his long black hair, his animal grace
The boy in the bright blue jeans
Jumped up on the stage
And lady stardust sang his songs
Of darkness and disgrace

And he was alright, the band was altogether
Yes he was alright, the song went on forever
And he was awful nice
Really quite out of sight

And he sang all night long
Femme fatales emerged from shadows
To watch this creature fair
Boys stood upon their chairs
To make their point of view
I smiled sadly for a love
I could not obey
Lady stardust sang his songs
Of darkness and dismay

And he was alright, the band was altogether
Yes he was alright, the song went on forever
And he was awful nice
Really quite paradise

Oh how I sighed when they asked if I knew his name

And he was alright, the band was altogether
Yes he was alright, the song went on forever
And he was awful nice
Really quite out of sight

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2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #1,597: ‘Lady Stardust’ – David Bowie

  1. Dana says:

    Well, at some point I owned Let’s Dance, which featured the hit title track and “China Girl.” Other than that, my familiarity is limited to his other radio played songs, all of which I like, but I too have never explored his discography more deeply. Arguably, I should,but suspect that star ship has sailed.

  2. Andrea Katz says:

    You have the only one that I think is worthwhile. Then again, I am a relic.

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