The ZIGGY STARDUST Companion
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Taylor, Vince: Eccentric American singer whom Bowie states he largely based the character of Ziggy Stardust on.
"This Boy" (Lennon/McCartney): Beatles song covered by Bowie at the Aylesbury Friars concert on 18 July 1972.
"Time" (Bowie): Song on ALADDIN SANE (1973) which was banned by the BBC due to its explicit reference to masturbation (...falls wanking to the floor...) It was performed on the 2nd US Tour, the Japanese Tour and the 3rd UK Tour. The offending phrase was edited out of the sole ABC TV screening of the ZIGGY STARDUST - THE MOTION PICTURE in October 1974 but was reintroduced for its 1983 release. A live version of this song from The 1980 Floor Show on 18-20 August 1973 is included on RARESTONEBOWIE (1995) and is notable for the (forced?) lyric change (...falls swanking to the floor...)
To Be Played At Maximum Volume: Wording and good advice on the back cover of THE RISE AND FALL OF ZIGGY STARDUST AND THE SPIDERS FROM MARS (1972). Trivia: Slade's similar advice was "Play It Loud"
Thomas a Becket (established 1787): A three-story building where Bowie and the prototype Spiders From Mars rehearsed in a single room. The rehearsal room itself was on the top floor, above a boxing gymnasium, with a pub on the ground floor. In later years Bowie would credit this building and Haddon Hall as the two main places where Ziggy Stardust was born.
TRANSFORMER (1972): Lou Reed album produced by Bowie who also provided backing vocals/sax throughout the album - with Mick Ronson on guitar. Tracks: Vicious / Andy's Chest / Perfect Day / Hangin' Round / Walk on the Wild-side / Make Up / Satellite of Love / Wagon Wheel » / New York Telephone Conversation / I'm So Free / Goodnight (RCA LSP.4807 - 8 December 1972).
Trident Studios: Recording studio in Soho, London where songs for the album THE RISE AND FALL OF ZIGGY STARDUST AND THE SPIDERS FROM MARS (1972) were recorded between 9 September 1971 and 19 January 1972. Bowie also recorded part of THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD, HUNKY DORY (1971) and most of ALADDIN SANE (1973) at Trident Studios with in-house producer Ken Scott. In this period it was a sixteen-track studio with a state-of-art reputation and along with Advision and Olympic one of the top three recording studios in London. In July 1968 it was the first studio in London to boast a functioning eight-track recording machine. The Beatles used Trident to record "Hey Jude" and in the early 1970s - Elton John, Supertramp, T.Rex and Queen were regulars there. It eventually closed in 1984, and the building was split into separate floors. Of the actual studio where Ziggy Stardust was recorded, the four walls remain but not much else. It is now used by an audio-video production company specialising in dance records. On the entire wall on the landing, halfway up, is a massive print of David Bowie, as photographed on the set of The Man Who Fell To Earth.
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