Saturday, December 7, 2013
It was on this exact day, June 6, FORTY YEARS AGO in 1972 that David Bowie released what is still one of the greatest albums ever made (in this huge fan's opinion)..."The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars"
As a brief testament to my fandom, I can tell you with a grin that a couple of summers ago whilst in London I did indeed stand in the very spot on Heddon Street where the famous cover was shot. That was a very good day.
Now then, fast forward to now. The good people of EMI have done a crackerjack job of putting together the mother of reissues with a super deluxe put me in orbit version of said album. We're talking 180G heavyweight vinyl with an accompanying DVD that is bursting with previously unreleased mixes including, hello, an instrumental version of "Moonage Daydream".
I am shocked that I've lasted the 24 hours since this thing was officially released yesterday (because, as we all know, new records typically come out on Tuesdays) wihout sprinting to the record store but I am certain I'll be making that dash today.
I leave you with a couple of favorite lines from a couple of my favorite songs from this truly classic album:
"Let the children lose it, let the children use it, let all the children boogie"
" I think I saw you in an icecream parlour, drinking milk shakes cold and long. Smiling and waving and looking so fine, don't think you knew you were in this song."
Aimsel Ponti has been obsessed with - and inspired by- music since she listened to Monkees records borrowed from the town library when she was six years old. She's a huge fan of the local music scene and interviews an act every week for "Making Noise" which runs in the Press Herald GO section. You'll also find her out and about absorbing live music like a sponge and roaming around local record shops and flea markets.