A few years back, following David Bowie’s death, I did a deep dive into his catalog. It was my first real exposure to a lot of his work, which I mostly knew through the hits.
1973’s Aladdin Sane emerged as a favorite, alongside Hunky Dory and Ziggy Stardust, the two albums that preceded it. It’s funny how so many of the albums I’m writing about were part of successful streaks. The early 70s were a gold mine for new music from some of the greatest pop artists of all time.
In 1973, less than a year after the release of Ziggy Stardust, David Bowie put out another classic album. Aladdin Sane introduced a new Bowie alter ego, which Bowie described as “Ziggy Goes to America.”
The songs were largely written while Bowie toured the U.S., but while the lyrics reflect his take on the states, the music remains rather British. Opening track ‘Watch That Man,’ in particular, is straight-up Rolling Stones. Bowie even underscores that influence by covering ‘Let’s Spend the Night Together’ later on the album.