What a riff. Sure, there are scores of great rock riffs, but the six-or-so-note lick that opens the quasi–title track of Bowie’s 1972 concept album is one for the ages. The record is full of Bowie classics (“Moonage Daydream,” “Starman,” “Suffragette City”), but “Ziggy” tells an unforgettable tale about the perils of rock stardom. The hit song both presaged the mad fame the singer would come to experience and played a part in making that fame a reality.
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