Hackskeptic’s 500 Greatest Songs: David Bowie – Ashes To Ashes

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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.

See also…

David Bowie – Young Americans (1975): Review

Hackskeptic’s 500 Greatest Songs: David Bowie – Changes (1972)

Hackskeptic’s 500 Greatest Songs: David Bowie – Sound And Vision (1977)

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4 responses to “Hackskeptic’s 500 Greatest Songs: David Bowie – Ashes To Ashes

      • Now, Hackskeptic, we’ve lost Mr Bowie, and can look back at his stellar career, it’s songs like this that were astonishing at the time, as a school leaving 16 year old, you know? Sounds I’d never heard, this wall of music, layer upon layer of almost proggy soup, the video, the referencing of his own stuff? Certainly different to the Regents, New Muzik etc al, and in my opinion worthy of the respect afforded to mighty tunes like Strawberry Fields. After all these years, all those plays on the 45 with the free stamps. And it still offers so much. A true piece of genius. what do you think Hackskeptic?

      • It is without doubt a piece of genius Kenny, I agree. It’s significant that at that time in his career, every new band (whichever genre) were indebted and influenced by his music. We’ll never see one like him ever again.

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