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David Bowie — Ziggy Stardust (live)
Album: Live at L'Olympia - Paris
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Released: 2002
Length: 3:25
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Oh

Oh, yeah

Ziggy played guitar
Jamming good with Weird and Gilly
And the Spiders from Mars
He played it left hand
But made it too far
Became the special man
Then we were Ziggy's band

Ziggy really sang
Screwed-up eyes and screwed-down hairdo
Like some cat from Japan
He could lick 'em by smiling
He could leave 'em to hang
They came on so loaded, man
Well-hung and snow-white tan

So where were the spiders
While the fly tried to break our bones?
With just the beer light to guide us
So we bitched about his fans
And should we crush his sweet hands?
Oh

Mm-hmm

Ziggy played for time
Jiving us that we were voodoo
The kids were just crass
He was the nazz
With God-given ass
He took it all too far
But, boy, could he play guitar

Making love with his ego
Ziggy sucked up into his mind, ah
Like a leper messiah
When the kids had killed the man
I had to break up the band

Oh, yeah

Ooh

Ziggy played guitar
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 isayhoomhom wrote:
I wish I had God-given ass.
 
I just wish I had some ass!
Long Live    Radio Paradise
My rating: 9 - O U T S T A N D I N G
 idiot_wind wrote:
I thought Mick Ronson played guitar in his band!

Mick Ronson stopped playing with Bowie after the Spiders era. His mainstays after MR were Carlos Alomar and Earl Slick.

 

This was the first Bowie tour of many I was privileged enough to see. I was already a fan but seeing him looming Godlike up there on the stage left such an indelible impression that I set off immediately to the the next tour stop to take it all in one more time! 
 thewiseking wrote:
Sadly the mix on this is bad. You can not hear the guitar! That is friggin Adrian Belew on this tour. The guitar, especially on this number, should be way out front
 
No one is "out front" of David Bowie.
Sadly the mix on this is bad. You can not hear the guitar! That is friggin Adrian Belew on this tour. The guitar, especially on this number, should be way out front
I thought Mick Ronson played guitar in his band!


 yougivememosi wrote:
What always confused me about this song is if ziggy played the guitar or not. Any fan theories?
 
I'm pretty sure he played the triangle.
Can't find any mention of him playing guitar whatsoever. 
What always confused me about this song is if ziggy played the guitar or not. Any fan theories?
 treatment_bound wrote:
Is this "The Cat from Japan" he was referring to?

Ichiro Suzuki Net Worth


Hmm. Assuming this was a serious question. "Ziggy Stardust" dropped in 1972. Ichiro was born in 1973. Still, sorta looks like Ziggy might, yes? 

The last 3 tracks: 3 members of The Travelling Wilburys who are no longer with us. You do tributes masterfully, Bill.
GREAT VERSION !
for me, it's his ending vocals ("...and Ziggy plaaaaaaaaaaayed...guitaaaaaaaaaa-aaaaar")
what a singer, what a voice
funny he didn't end the song like that in the original recording
Is this "The Cat from Japan" he was referring to?

Ichiro Suzuki Net Worth
 DaidyBoy wrote:
That keyboard player needs a real talking to.  Horrendous version of a stupendous original work.

 
Roger Powell was pretty brilliant at times with Todd & Utopia, and I'd hoped he'd be the next Prog Rock legend. Nope. He actually gave up on music and went back to nerd stuff. Made some good tunes, and I sat near him a few years ago when Todd did AWATS start to finish. It was the first show without Powell, and he sat in the audience and gently conducted to himself, he was so familiar with the show. 

But, on this record, he was a bit out of place, as was Simon House (Hawkwind). I saw this tour and it was just great to see Bowie, Belew, Powell, etc all up there at once. 
GREAT live version! {#Hearteyes}
Great artist, album, song. Saw him live in 77. Wow.
I'm so thankful that David Bowie performed during the audio recording age. RIP, sir. :,-)
wow! back-to-back live Roy Orbison & David Bowie!
It's a rock-n-roll Friday night!!!! 
 DaidyBoy wrote:
That keyboard player needs a real talking to.  Horrendous version of a stupendous original work.

 
It was 1970 something - mellotrons were a big thing - comparing a musicians sound choices to what you now know and hear 40 years later is ridiculous
dude...have another white russian {#Yes}
For a live song it has a nice balance. thanks bill..
{#Crown}
Yes. It was from Stage.  Hold that note David.


 
On_The_Beach wrote:
 blackaddermrbean wrote:
bowie has taken a bunch of his bootlegs and published them the last decade. The 2002 marks the official release of the recording.

"Stage" was officially released by RCA in 1978.
So was this track not from "Stage"?

 

That keyboard player needs a real talking to.  Horrendous version of a stupendous original work.
 blackaddermrbean wrote:
bowie has taken a bunch of his bootlegs and published them the last decade. The 2002 marks the official release of the recording.

"Stage" was officially released by RCA in 1978.
So was this track not from "Stage"?
 lemmoth wrote:
I've been listening to this record 4 almost 40 years now. This ain't from 2002 this is from David livefrom the Diamond Dogs tour in the early seventies
.
 
bowie has taken a bunch of his bootlegs and published them the last decade. The 2002 marks the official release of the recording.
I've been listening to this record 4 almost 40 years now. This ain't from 2002 this is from David livefrom the Diamond Dogs tour in the early seventies
.
If there is anywhere a person or a band who really really MUST do at least one more big tour, this is the person and his band is the band.
So where EXACTLY were The Spiders, anyway?
 Canuck_LC wrote:
Like some cat from Japan


 
that's funny
 oldfart48 wrote:
I would rather hear squeal barf out cowpies..............

 
sorry oldfart, what or who is squeal? 
just shows what a difference a studio producer can make. This version just isnt incisive, very muddy, whereas the studio version really kicks 
Toke wrote:
WOT A LOAD OF ****** MINUS TEN
   
aelfheld wrote:

But enough about your IQ . . .


 
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Love this song, but not this version of it.
Right on.  
{#Stop}
 kdarwish wrote:
Hmmm... somehow the album version more visceral(?), moving, but anyway a Bowie classic.

 
long live Ronno...
I would rather hear squeal barf out cowpies..............
Hmmm... somehow the album version more visceral(?), moving, but anyway a Bowie classic.
I'm giving it an 8...just because of the comments.  ....balled eagle....sooo funny

Like some cat from Japan

Ladies and gentlemen, live no autotune, that is HOW IT IS DONE!
From Midnight Oil to David Bowie, from the ridiculous to the sublime.
 LowPhreak wrote:

Wrong. The lyric is actually: "Making love with his ego..."
 
Ziggy sucked up into his mind.
Like a leper messiah
When the kids had killed the man
I had to break up the band.

Been singing along with this masterpiece (and only vaguely understanding the words {#Angel} for over 30 years.


 Sasha2001 wrote:
Really? Because I always thought it was a case study in kick ass guitar riffs and a primped-up, puffy-chested rock manifestation. Shouldn't the song be a mess? Not sure how you separate personality AND performance. Aren't the two part and parcel to the stage ethos of Ziggy the imaginary character?
 
Well said.  I "get it" too. 

You are going to be a blackballed beagle pretty soon...

 
Businessgypsy wrote:
jademon wrote:
Why was Ziggy "Making love with his eagle"?
Surely you've heard of a balled eagle.

 


 Sasha2001 wrote:

Really? Because I always thought it was a case study in kick ass guitar riffs and a primped-up, puffy-chested rock manifestation. Shouldn't the song be a mess? Not sure how you separate personality AND performance. Aren't the two part and parcel to the stage ethos of Ziggy the imaginary character?

 

{#Yes} I agree 100 % .
PS Do you want me to bring you up some lox?
 Art_Carnage wrote:
This has always been a real mess of a song. The lyrics rhyme randomly, the melody derails itself at bizarre intervals. It's a case study in personality over performance.
 
Really? Because I always thought it was a case study in kick ass guitar riffs and a primped-up, puffy-chested rock manifestation. Shouldn't the song be a mess? Not sure how you separate personality AND performance. Aren't the two part and parcel to the stage ethos of Ziggy the imaginary character?

 Toke wrote:
WOT A LOAD OF ****** MINUS TEN
 
But enough about your IQ . . .

Love the live stuff!
 Toke wrote:
WOT A LOAD OF ****** MINUS TEN
 
I beg to differ, Mr. Toke, and sentence thee to a 1-week stint walking around in this nut-hugging jump suit.



Very nice version. Ziggy was my first album purchase......David was in a dream I had last night, VERY nice dream.
Thanks Bill 
WOT A LOAD OF ****** MINUS TEN
 LowPhreak wrote:

Wrong. The lyric is actually: "Making love with his ego..."
 

You are right, of course.  On the other hand, I do believe jademon doth wax ironical.

 Businessgypsy wrote:
jademon wrote:
Why was Ziggy "Making love with his eagle"?
Surely you've heard of a balled eagle.

 
Just had to bump this up.too funny

Soo good !  David,one of the coolest Super Stars !
..terrific album, anyway...
 isayhoomhom wrote:
I wish I had God-given ass.
 

....and I 'well-hung'...!! {#Yes}
{#Frustrated}     {#Puke}
 LowPhreak wrote:

Wrong. The lyric is actually: "Making love with his ego..."
 
Eagle... Ego... Either way, this is not the best Bowie (although it's certainly one of the most amusing incarnations.) I'm betting he was doing some very interesting drugs while he was Ziggy.

I never got into the early Bowie stuff. Not saying it wasn't good - and maybe it wasn't - just saying that my ears tilted forward when I heard "Heroes," and some of the weird stuff from the soundtrack of that movie where he was Jareth, the Goblin King.

This has always been a real mess of a song. The lyrics rhyme randomly, the melody derails itself at bizarre intervals. It's a case study in personality over performance.
 Businessgypsy wrote:
jademon wrote:
Why was Ziggy "Making love with his eagle"?
Surely you've heard of a balled eagle.

 
An hilarious groaner, worthy of Mr. Peabody.

 SCprof wrote:
I saw a really old and very cool interview with Bowie in which he talks about this song, that it's about Hendrix, and his reasons/inspiration for writing it. One more reason to love it.
 
I've never heard that.  It's consistent with several internal references, such as "he played it left hand" and "voodoo," but I always heard that Vince Taylor was the primary inspiration for Ziggy.

I wish I had God-given ass.
One of the best male voices in pop.

His duet with Tina Turner is my fav.

Say Bill: I never heard you play Tina? ;(
jademon wrote:
Why was Ziggy "Making love with his eagle"?
Surely you've heard of a balled eagle.

 jademon wrote:
Why was Ziggy "Making love with his eagle"?
 
Cause he was feeling so lonely...

 Stefen wrote:
There's something to be said for a studio.
 

You can say that again!  it's bad enough when another artist tarnishes your legacy.  It's something else again when you tarnish it yourself! 

David...ye should be embarrassed, mate.   This really blows!


 Stefen wrote:
There's something to be said for a studio.
 
totally agree...that said, this live version is passionate and his voice is as solid as any live performance I have ever heard from him...good vibe.

I LOVE this live version!!
There's something to be said for a studio.
He seems to be saying "kiitos" in Finnish at the end, meaning "thank you"...gee, I was there!!
 jademon wrote:
Why was Ziggy "Making love with his eagle"?
 
Wrong. The lyric is actually: "Making love with his ego..."
{#Yell}   Amp at 11  !

I was amazed this was live. He sang very well for a live show
Why was Ziggy "Making love with his eagle"?
 lemmoth wrote:

You don't like songs from Ziggy or Heroes performed live, with David in great voice.............you are not a fan.

 
That is a pretty silly comment

I love Bowie, but this song doesn't really do it for me either.  I would definitely consider myself a fan, and I think that is all that really matters.

 lemmoth wrote:
Just listen to him hold those notes at the end. Now Ziggy Plaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyeeeedddd. Guitaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaar. The 31 year old David was at the top of his form. The 50 year old was still damned great.
 
I waited to the end to hear those notes and I was not disappointed. I tip my hat to you sir. No question, Bowie is one of the most interesting figures in Rock music.
 jagdriver wrote:
Although I'm a fan, I didn't care for this LP then, nor do I care for any of the music from it now.
 
You don't like songs from Ziggy or Heroes performed live, with David in great voice.............you are not a fan.

Although I'm a fan, I didn't care for this LP then, nor do I care for any of the music from it now.
I prefer "Shakin Stevens"
Midnight Oil - Blue Sky Mine (live acoustic) :arrow: David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust (live) :music:
Great version - not as good as the bootleg I have - recorded very early Seventies! Bowie stills rocks!
Synthesized strings - this was recorded after Heroes and before Scary Monsters. The setlist was mostly Ziggy, Low and Heroes. thewiseking wrote:
are those strings?? on ziggy?? ok for heroes, not ziggy. ziggy was a rock star ferchrissakes.
That is correct sir jeffersonpump wrote:
did he say he was well hung, with a snow white tan? just checking.
Just listen to him hold those notes at the end. Now Ziggy Plaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyeeeedddd. Guitaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaar. The 31 year old David was at the top of his form. The 50 year old was still damned great.
and when he sang "so where were the spiders", a small spider hauled ass across my pad of paper. heh.
Diamond_Dog wrote:
I must truly agree, this is the best of the best of David Live!
Yes, but when oh when will Bowie release a decently mastered version of the CD?
A fine classic. Worth also checking out Bauhaus's reverential cover of this.
mrrmt wrote:
love it. love it. LOVE IT!
I must truly agree, this is the best of the best of David Live!
lmic wrote:
Funny! (and nerdy! - NTTAWWT!) :lol:
NTTAWWT - Nothing Taught this Afternoon With Wobbly Tremors?
love it. love it. LOVE IT!
I'd like to see the Bauhaus version on RP. Anyone got it?
jeffersonpump wrote:
did he say he was well hung, with a snow white tan? just checking.
Yes.
Govi wrote:
Can you say "unpropitious portentous pretense" 5 times correctly?
Will get back to you after a spell check.
Now we're talking! :clap: Thank you RP!
Govi wrote:
Can you say "unpropitious portentous pretense" 5 times correctly?
Can you say "All of rock n' roll in the 70s"? Get over it already and enjoy the song.
did he say he was well hung, with a snow white tan? just checking.
are those strings?? on ziggy?? ok for heroes, not ziggy. ziggy was a rock star ferchrissakes.
eh. not sure i'm diggin this live version. the arrangement is a bit off. doesn't rock.
nice!
Govi wrote:
Can you say "unpropitious portentous pretense" 5 times correctly?
Nope.
This is absolute genius...takes me back when I've seen him live. He is the epitomey of cool!
OldFrenchie wrote:
Hey old guys, WTF are the Spiders from Mars? Seriously I don't understand the reference, but I want to.
Ziggy's backup band, right?
Hey old guys, WTF are the Spiders from Mars? Seriously I don't understand the reference, but I want to.
ElSupreme wrote:
They had a problem with units, some were using metric, and other were using standard. So when they were supposed to arrive they hit at very high speed, causing them to disintegrate into a million pieces.
Funny! (and nerdy! - NTTAWWT!) :lol:
mojoman wrote:
... By the way, where are the Spiders from Mars?
They had a problem with units, some were using metric, and other were using standard. So when they were supposed to arrive they hit at very high speed, causing them to disintegrate into a million pieces.
He took it all too far but boy could he play guitar. utterly bombastic!
tnfo1 wrote:
this and his music what has the human kind done to deserve this
We prayed. And GOD listened! :flamed:
I remember my high school boyfriend had this album on an 8 track - it was the ONLY thing he listened to in the car... :motor:
Diamond_Dog wrote:
This .gif could mean either that you like it or you've just been hit upside the head with a 2x4. Which is it? By the way, where are the Spiders from Mars?
I like almost everything that Bowie has done, but this version is tepid. Can anyone upload the version from "Rise and Fall" or "Ziggy Stardust - The Motion Picture".
Govi wrote:
Can you say "unpropitious portentious pretense" 5 times correctly?
Only if you know what it means
How I adore this man. Iman is one lucky lady. :hearteyes:
Can you say "unpropitious portentous pretense" 5 times correctly?
Sweet, I just got back from lunch, where Bowie was playing over the PA.
Dang it. I was just about to leave for lunch. Now I have to wait.
this and his music what has the human kind done to deserve this