Alternative music reviews

February 7, 2007

A Defining Moment

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Ziggy StardustOn Thursday 13th July 1972 I bought a copy of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars. I took it home and put it the mono ‘Dansette’ type of record player. As the album played the sky darkened ominously and by side two the rain was falling heavily. There are still traces in me of the impact the album made. Although I rarely listen to it, I still get slight shivers, a tingling of the skin like that caused by static electricity, when I hear those songs again and can instantly recall the time and place of that first listening.

I was thirteen years old and I had found my music. It set me on a path that lead to Bowie’s associates and influences, namely The Velvet Underground and Iggy Pop. Perhaps I now regard those influences as more important to me, but it was Bowie who started it all. And from then on the word Camp would no longer be first associated with Scouting in my head.

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