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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Ziggy's Coda

    Though Bowie had played his final concert with the Spiders from Mars in July 1973, he recorded one last album with them, PinUps. This album was released to coincide with Bowie's landmark appearance on NBC's Midnight Special in November 1973 in which he performed three songs from the album. PinUps may not rank with the best of Bowie's work (Ziggy Stardudt, Hunky Dory, Station to Station, Scary Monsters, the Berlin Trilogy) but it is an enjoyable album, nevertheless. Bowie sounds like he is having fun on this record making it a welcome departure from the dark tone which characterized much of his previous work. His covers of classic British rock songs from the 60s often eclipse the originals and serve to provide a useful primer on 60s British rock for the American listener. Many of these covers are obscure and it is worth searching out the original versions. Apparently, Bowie planned to release a second volume of covers focusing on the American rock scene, particularly the garage rock sound, alas such was not to be. That is a pity, because I would have loved to hear Bowie's interpretation of some of his favorite American records. Bowie's most creative period still lay in the future when PinUps was released. So enjoy this nice chestnut from the end of the Ziggy era before sampling some of his later work.

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