The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars

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Album cover.

The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, usually shortened to Ziggy Stardust, is the fifth studio album of David Bowie, published on 1972-06-16. The album is a rock opera in the genre of glam rock with science fiction themes. The album rather loose-weave story is about space aliens coming to Earth and using an androgynous bisexual rock star named Ziggy Stardust as their messenger.


My friend Sarah bought me this album for my birthday in the early 2000s. On my first play-through, I didn't care for it that much because the weaker side A didn't impress me so I wasn't paying attention much for side B, and the unusual subject matter made it difficult to follow. However, after a couple more play-throughs I fixated on Lady Stardust and Ziggy Stardust. Then, after I started to understand the story that was being told across the songs, I began to appreciate the album a lot more, and now I love it.

I own this album on CD.

Track Listing

All songs sung by David Bowie.

Track Title Composer Rank Rating
A1 Five Years David Bowie 10 Rating-4.svg
A2 Soul Love David Bowie 3 Rating-6.svg
A3 Moonage Daydream David Bowie 5 Rating-4.svg
A4 Starman David Bowie 6 Rating-4.svg
A5 It Ain't Easy Ron Davies 11 Rating-2.svg
B1 Lady Stardust David Bowie 2 Rating-8.svg
B2 Star David Bowie 4 Rating-5.svg
B3 Hang On to Yourself David Bowie 8 Rating-4.svg
B4 Ziggy Stardust David Bowie 1 Rating-9.svg
B5 Suffragette City David Bowie 9 Rating-4.svg
B6 Rock 'n' Roll Suicide David Bowie 7 Rating-4.svg

The album's total score is 482.


The album art comes from a session with photographer Brian Ward on 1972-01-13. The location is K. West, a fur shop in London. The photos were taken in black and white and then colorized. Bowie said the location and "K.West" sign had no significance. The original LP back included the all-capital line, "TO BE PLAYED AT MAXIMUM VOLUME." which I love.


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