Remembering When David Bowie Introduced Ziggy Stardust to the World

Remembering When David Bowie Introduced Ziggy Stardust to the World

Posted 16 Jun 2021
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Bowie’s flame-haired cosmic alter-ego, Ziggy Stardust touched down on TV’s for the very first time in 1972, beaming into British lounge rooms with a radiant rendition of the now-iconic single, “Starman.” It was the second single released on his unique concept album, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, and the perfect song to introduce the interstellar glam-rock hero at its centre. Staring straight down the barrel of the camera, Bowie inspired a cultural revolution, pointing down the lens like a baroque Pied Piper, ushering everyone watching to join him in a new age of music, style and fashion – it was the precise moment he became a major star. 

Over the years, Bowie would transform himself time and time again, introducing us to a cast of characters along the way. But, as you watch the video below, imagine what it would have been like to witness this otherworldly reincarnation for the very first time, live on the BBC’s stalwart music programme. Effortless, flamboyant and entirely sure of himself – one can only imagine that, for a brief moment, Britain stood still. 

David Bowie | “Starman” [Top of the Pops, 1972]



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