331 – David Bowie – Ashes To Ashes (1980)
Written by David Bowie
Produced by David Bowie and Tony Visconti
Label – RCA
Bowie’s previous decade had been one of brilliant musical innovation and personal tumult. He’d invented Ziggy Stardust and then ritually sacrificed him before the persona stuck with his audience. “Ashes To Ashes” sees him dismember Major Tom in a riveting public display of artistic control. It’s as ever, challenging, intelligent, and mostly magnificent. His influence at this time was still huge, and this single preludes the new romantics, many of whom had used him for both musical and style guidance.