Album of the Day
The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars
In a career filled with peaks, THE RISE AND FALL OF ZIGGY STARDUST AND THE SPIDERS FROM MARS is likely David Bowie's Mt. Everest. The performer's fifth studio album featured irresistible glam rock anthems in a conceptual framework combining sexual ambiguity, science fiction and rock star autobiography. As a songwriter, Bowie was firing on all cylinders here – “Starman,” “Hang On to Yourself,” “Suffragette City” and the title track were instant classics – and Mick Ronson's punchy riffs made it clear he was a guitar hero to be reckoned with. The 1972 collection hit the U.K. Top 10 and has been a staple of critics' “greatest albums of all-time” lists ever since. David Bowie was born on this day in 1947, and we'll mark the occasion with another spin of the landmark THE RISE AND FALL OF ZIGGY STARDUST AND THE SPIDERS FROM MARS.