163 – David Bowie – Starman (1972)
Written by David Bowie
Produced by David Bowie & Ken Scott
Label – RCA
There’s many U.K. based critics and fans that will tell you that popular music changed on July 6th 1972, when David performed “Starman” on Top Of The Pops. A skinny, confident upstart in a multicoloured jump suit belting out a classic song about alien saviours, with a melody that was vaguely reminiscent of “Somewhere Over The Rainbow”. Bowie himself had laboured for three years following his 1969 hit “Space Oddity” without much success. “Starman” was his moment; this was his breakthrough. If I’d have been around, I feel sure I would have been swept up and joined the swelling throng of adulation for his genius.