Of course, this is the song known for being covered on Nirvana’s famous MTV Unplugged set. But as performed by Bowie, the title track of his third LP is a swirling tune that takes his alien voice and makes it sound even spookier. With a vertiginous, Eastern-tinged guitar riff (played by Mick Ronson) and double-tracked vocals, there’s something otherworldly (in a supernatural, not Ziggy Stardust, way) about the song. This is Bowie, the man who would come to be defined by his slippery sexuality and ever changing personas, looking into himself for the first time and seeing more than one he.
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