One of many best rock albums of all time, David Bowie’s The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, turns 50 years previous on June sixteenth, 2022. In celebration, Consequence gathered musicians from the acclaimed bands Incubus, Sylvan Esso, and Lucius, in addition to the enduring LP’s co-producer, Ken Scott, for a roundtable dialogue of the landmark album.
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars helped propel Bowie to worldwide superstardom. The album’s 11 tracks are all classics, highlighted by such standout cuts as “5 Years,” “Moonage Daydream,” “Starman” and “Ziggy Stardust.” Together with the unimaginable music, Bowie took on the alter ego of Ziggy Stardust, touring because the androgynous rock star who was despatched to Earth earlier than an impending apocalypse.
To mark the album’s fiftieth birthday, Incubus singer Brandon Boyd, Amelia Meath of Sylvan Esso and Mountain Man, and Lucius members Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig got here collectively by way of video Zoom to share their ideas on Ziggy Stardust and David Bowie with particular visitor Ken Scott, who provided private perception into the LP’s recording.
Every of the panelists talked in regards to the first time they heard Bowie’s music and the way he impacted them as musicians and artists, with Boyd commenting, “To say that he’s been a giant a part of my life can be a fairly huge understatement.” In the meantime, Laessig revealed that she was launched to Bowie by way of the film Labyrinth. “From there, I used to be like, ‘I must know extra.’ It was creepy and freaky and likewise so attractive.”
After all, it was Scott who provided essentially the most perception into Ziggy Stardust, as he co-produced the album with Bowie. “One of many best issues with David was his skill to place collectively a crew that may give him precisely what he was after with out having to inform him what to do,” remarked Scott.
When Boyd requested Scott what it was prefer to work with Bowie, the producer responded, “Working with David, it was at all times a pleasure. It was exceedingly skilled, however we had a helluva lot of enjoyable doing it.”
Scott additionally went into element on such songs as “5 Years” and “Moonage Daydream,” transporting the panel again in time as he mirrored on recording these tracks and others with Bowie. Elsewhere in the course of the roundtable, the panelists additionally mentioned the points of Bowie’s voice that made him such a singular singer.
For a captivating dialogue of The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, watch the roundtable within the video above.
A fiftieth anniversary half-speed remaster of The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars arrives on Friday (June seventeenth), accessible on black vinyl and movie disc.
Later this 12 months, a tour dubbed “Celebrating David Bowie” that includes such artists as Todd Rundgren, King Crimson’s Adrien Belew, Fishbone’s Angelo Moore, Spacehog’s Royston Langdon, and extra pays additional tribute to the rock legend. Tickets for that outing can be found right here.
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