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David Bowie — Starman
Album: Ziggy Stardust
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Released: 1972
Length: 4:05
Plays (last 30 days): 2
Didn't know what time it was, the lights were low
I leaned back on my radio
Some cat was layin' down some rock 'n' roll, "Lotta soul," he said
Then the loud sound did seem to fade
Came back like a slow voice on a wave of phase
That weren't no DJ, that was hazy cosmic jive

There's a starman waiting in the sky
He'd like to come and meet us
But he thinks he'd blow our minds
There's a starman waiting in the sky
He's told us not to blow it
'Cause he knows it's all worthwhile
He told me
Let the children lose it
Let the children use it
Let all the children boogie

I had to phone someone, so I picked on you
Hey, that's far out, so you heard him, too
Switch on the TV, we may pick him up on Channel Two
Look out your window, I can see his light
If we can sparkle, he may land tonight
Don't tell your papa or he'll get us locked up in fright

There's a starman waiting in the sky
He'd like to come and meet us
But he thinks he'd blow our minds
There's a starman waiting in the sky
He's told us not to blow it
'Cause he knows it's all worthwhile

He told me
Let the children lose it
Let the children use it
Let all the children boogie

Starman waiting in the sky
He'd like to come and meet us
But he thinks he'd blow our minds
There's a starman waiting in the sky
He's told us not to blow it
'Cause he knows it's all worthwhile

He told me
Let the children lose it
Let the children use it
Let all the children boogie
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 noe.architecte169 wrote:
The first punk.
Such a magnificence-man


Nonsense -- Bowie was no punk. Otherwise he would have been forgotten by now.
I think there is a mistake Bill. It is not 1994 but 1972 the date of the parution of Ziggy Stardust album
The first punk.
Such a magnificence-man
Mister class
 vandal wrote:

We all miss you so much David 


Not true, some of us are indifferent. Just telling the truth.
Like the Kinks ? no ?
"That weren't no DJ, that was hazy cosmic jive..." 

We all miss you so much David 
The Starman is looking at all the people voting hateful politicians and tyrants into office, and the war in Ukraine, and the repressive societies in the Middle East, and all the poverty while robber barons amass countless billions of dollars, and he's just skipping the whole thing and will check back in another 1000 years.
I'm waiting for Pink Floyd 


Outstanding 10👍
 coloradojohn wrote:

Oh, wow -- trip:  Summer of '85, I was in full-on Bowie Mode... I had discovered this on cassette in a discount bin in KC on a visit from Boulder and it wound up fueling the entire summer... I scored some black hash and brought it back to Boulder -- we were in a famous drought ('I survived the drought of '85' was an actual T-shirt) due to Mexican cartels and such -- and with my buddy Kevin's upstate NY 'hot knives' technique, the summer -- and our sanity -- those were crazy times! --was saved! This song and album were The Soundtrack!




Bring back black-market marijuana. Said no one ever.
Oh, wow -- trip:  Summer of '85, I was in full-on Bowie Mode... I had discovered this on cassette in a discount bin in KC on a visit from Boulder and it wound up fueling the entire summer... I scored some black hash and brought it back to Boulder -- we were in a famous drought ('I survived the drought of '85' was an actual T-shirt) due to Mexican cartels and such -- and with my buddy Kevin's upstate NY 'hot knives' technique, the summer -- and our sanity -- those were crazy times! --was saved! This song and album were The Soundtrack!
 Shotoverplain wrote:

The best of the best



Solid 10. 
And if he wasn't a God he most certainly was an Astronaut.
To be played at maximum volume.
Great analysis of the music behind this song and Space Oddity

 Strong Songs Space Oddity and Starman
Starman was always my favorite.


Drive your roadster to Mars, Starman. Don't forget your towel.
Hey, it's that song from The Martian.  {#Nyah}
I got wise to David's whole Ziggy Stardust thing in '82, bought the cassette, and proceeded to turn all my friends on to it. They freaked!
The best of the best
 Hey...that's far out ! AphidA wrote:
10 ...forever.

 


Wish we could still pick him up on Channel 2...So long, Dave.
'Soul Love' is also nice from this album
 Susan_Amati wrote:
He will be missed by so many of us!!!!!!!

 
Definitely. The Lazarus video off the Blackstar album is just damn spooky {#Sad}
He will be missed by so many of us!!!!!!!
Didn't care for the ZS album back then and time hasn't changed anything. I'm glad he went to create some better music.

Meanwhile, PSD to Quicksilver Messenger Service. 
{#Notworthy}{#Cry}
I can't pick his 'best' song.  An Amazing individual who left his mark on so many of us {#Meditate}  I hope to see you again, Starman
Bittersweet.
Still sad today after learning of Bowie's passing yesterday :(

... ashes to ashes, funk to funky 
More Bowie please!
R.I.P Starman
Farewell Mr. Bowie.  You will always be loved by millions.
RIP David.  Thanks!!{#Cheers}
TO BE PLAYED AT MAXIMUM VOLUME
 kingart wrote:
 No better Bowie tune. 

 
... aside from the title track. {#Cheesygrin} 

A top-ten all-time album by any account.

 
 No better Bowie tune. 
 
 Shotoverplain wrote:
Turning point in my life watching the then virtualy unknown performer David Bowie appear on BBC top of the pops and sing this song, probably has had more influence on most modern day artists than any other single individual
 
DB: Ground breaking and very influential for sure. However, Chuck Berry might argue the influence point!
 aspicer wrote:
Brilliant song- Brilliant album.  His best?!!

 
In my opinion - a big , fat YES !!
{#Bananajam}{#Drummer}{#Clap}
10 ...forever.
{#Good-vibes}
Brilliant song- Brilliant album.  His best?!!
 Jannne wrote:
good one Bill....  {#Clap}

 
still..
Turning point in my life watching the then virtualy unknown performer David Bowie appear on BBC top of the pops and sing this song, probably has had more influence on most modern day artists than any other single individual
good one Bill....  {#Clap}
 justin4kick wrote:
There is a great cover of this song on YouTube everyone should hear:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y115_2h4a68 

 
Thanks justin4kick!

 
Never heard of Milky Edwards, but I always liked some snippets of old R & B for a nice change of pace...GOOG GOD!  
 justin4kick wrote:
There is a great cover of this song on YouTube everyone should hear:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y115_2h4a68 

 
Heh heh heh, have me a chuckle! Quite excellent really. 
 lemmoth wrote:
One of the greatest rock-and-roll albums ever made IMHO.  Not a single throw-away song on it!
 
Amen.  Mick Ronson's razor-sharp guitar .... like tigers on Vaseline.
 lemmoth wrote:
One of the greatest rock-and-roll albums ever made IMHO.  Not a single throw-away song on it!
  
Definitely had his finger on the zeitgeist for this one









So you heard  him too?
Ahhh my youth{#Guitarist}
There is a great cover of this song on YouTube everyone should hear:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y115_2h4a68 
Not too bad. One of the weaker tunes off of this great album.
 lemmoth wrote:
One of the greatest rock-and-roll albums ever made IMHO.  Not a single throw-away song on it!

 
Yeah, I still play it all the time...a really excellent complete LP.
Oohhh!  You pretty things!!  ;))
 Glampop británica de otra época  - brillante - increible que llevamos ya 40 años....

kingart wrote:

Since Bowie often repeats his lyrics, you might as well follow suit. 

 


 Krispian wrote:

True, true! I find Radio Paradise has a lot of the same songs as in my personal  music library, but for some reason, hearing these songs on Radio Paradise makes the song experience twice as delightful. Is it the element of surprise? I don't know...

 
The element of random surprise, I surmise.
 grant wrote:
Brilliant British glam pop from a different era.  This is over 40 years old!

 
Since Bowie often repeats his lyrics, you might as well follow suit. 
Brilliant British glam pop from a different era.  This is over 40 years old!
 hidey wrote:
Very high quality tune - and here's to Mick Ronson - Bowie's best collaborator and sadly missed... {#Guitarist}

 
RIP Mick - one of the all time greats and one of my all time favourites.  I saw a couple of the Ziggy concerts and he was a standout. {#Notworthy}{#Sunny}
 lemmoth wrote:
One of the greatest rock-and-roll albums ever made IMHO.  Not a single throw-away song on it!
 
Definitely had his finger on the zeitgeist for this one.
 GuiltyFeat wrote:
There's something special about radio. I might never in a million years choose to put this on for myself, but hearing the intro cue up on Radio Paradise is the definition of delight.
 
True, true! I find Radio Paradise has a lot of the same songs as in my personal  music library, but for some reason, hearing these songs on Radio Paradise makes the song experience twice as delightful. Is it the element of surprise? I don't know...
One of the greatest rock-and-roll albums ever made IMHO.  Not a single throw-away song on it!
 gemtag wrote:
If he has any sense he will stay far away. This world is f'd up. I hope he comes and takes me away.
 
 
Agreed - hope he starts with my coworkers. But then, maybe I'm needing the alien from Rapture for that....
 gemtag wrote:
If he has any sense he will stay far away. This world is f'd up. I hope he comes and takes me away.
 
 
Hahahahahaha!
 Nadita wrote:
D A V I D - the finest. 
for ever DAVID
Bowie..

Thank you RP.
Just like ELVIS a must.  
 

You know those two share a birthday, January 8th.
Very high quality tune - and here's to Mick Ronson - Bowie's best collaborator and sadly missed... {#Guitarist}
If he has any sense he will stay far away. This world is f'd up. I hope he comes and takes me away.
 
 Boy_Wonder wrote:
Let the children boogie!!
 
To hell with the children I'm keeping this boogie for myself - they mostly don't get it anyway.  Give'em 10 years and ask again.  Maybe then they can share the boogie. 
Let the children boogie!!
D A V I D - the finest. 
for ever DAVID
Bowie..

Thank you RP.
Just like ELVIS a must.  
classic   I{#Notworthy} like it
One of his very best.  Sublime.
{#Good-vibes}
nunca me canso de escucharla...{#Bananajam}
Exactly Exacty
 


kurtster wrote:

Exactly.
 


 GuiltyFeat wrote:
There's something special about radio. I might never in a million years choose to put this on for myself, but hearing the intro cue up on Radio Paradise is the definition of delight.
 
Exactly.
There's something special about radio. I might never in a million years choose to put this on for myself, but hearing the intro cue up on Radio Paradise is the definition of delight.
I wondered over the years if Zaphod Beeblebrox and Ziggy Stardust were somehow related...
A desert island album for sure!  Dare I say - I believe RP could put a bit more timeless Bowie in the mix!!! 
Sublime 10
Love this PSD option! I got to hear this great classic. What memories.
 bluecshells wrote:
Sing it Sir Bowie!!!!!!!!!!!
 
Didn't realise that he alledgedly turned down a knighthood!  Makes him worthy of even more respect, if that's possible....

 Art_Carnage wrote:
Worst . . . (blah, blah, blah) . . . terrible.
 
Troll
 
Outstanding lyrics
Brilliant!!!!!!

That weren't no DJ that was hazy cosmic jive.....
 Art_Carnage wrote:
The lyrics are embarrassingly juvenile, whether he realizes it or not.

 
bbHappy wrote:

Actually, about as far from cringing as you can get. He's included this one in recent concerts. 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZFymsD8MQE

 
 
Art, You have rated as many songs 1,2, or 3 as you have 8,9, or 10. So it appears that most if not at least half of the songs that are played here you dislike immensely.

Maybe it's time to move to another internet radio station?

The lyrics are embarrassingly juvenile, whether he realizes it or not.

 
bbHappy wrote:

Actually, about as far from cringing as you can get. He's included this one in recent concerts. 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZFymsD8MQE

 


 Art_Carnage wrote:
Worst. Lyrics. Ever.
 
Out of all the pop songs ever written, these lyrics probably rate at least in the top 50%.  There's some really bad stuff out there!
So, so far ahead of his time..... 
 squibby wrote:
Great song, of course, Bill, but I have to be an annoying stickler and point out the album was released in 1972, not '75 as the credits say. Back then, especially with Bowie, three years meant huge changes in music.
 
Right you are. Fixed.
Great song, of course, Bill, but I have to be an annoying stickler and point out the album was released in 1972, not '75 as the credits say. Back then, especially with Bowie, three years meant huge changes in music.
Hearing this makes me think I absolutely should get a USB turntables just so I can listen to my old Bowie albums ... {#Sunny}
Sing it Sir Bowie!!!!!!!!!!!
Not sure if it's just association w/ my youth or what, but I love this song
 Art_Carnage wrote:
Worst. Lyrics. Ever.

Bowie's got to cringe whenever this comes on the radio. Sounds like something written by a 13 year old. Beyond terrible.
 
Actually, about as far from cringing as you can get. He's included this one in recent concerts. 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZFymsD8MQE

 jlind wrote:


Honestly that's not the experience I've had with the current 14-20 generation (I'm only 26 myself). The majority of teens I know think 70's and 80's music is retro, and retro means cool.
 
Well, I guess we've progressed somewhat as a musical "society" since I was between the ages of 14-20, because 30+ year-old music at that time included the era of Glenn Miller & The Andrews Sisters, and believe me, we weren't calling that "retro" or cool in 1975!


 jlind wrote:
Everytime I hear this song I wish ABC's Life on Mars wasn't canceled after one season. (Yes I know the BBC series made it much longer, but I think the ABC one was better)

 


Nope, the BBC one was better :)
Amazing...still!

 RadioFlyer219 wrote:
Let the children lose it, Let the children use it,
Let all the children boogie

 
AND what the hell does that mean, other than Utter Crap ??

(woops perhaps I should not have said that but he does really grate at my senses)

P.S. Has he gone yet so I can turn the sound back on ???


Could be my favorite Bowie tune of all time. Yes, even better then Tin Machine.
Let the children lose it, Let the children use it,
Let all the children boogie



REACH FOR THE ''OFF'' BUTTON FOR 5 MINUTES BRB.
The Mayans favorite sacrificial offering song. {#Yes}
GREAT!!! 

DAVID BOWIE:
{#Notworthy}
 Art_Carnage wrote:
Worst. Lyrics. Ever.

Bowie's got to cringe whenever this comes on the radio. Sounds like something written by a 13 year old. Beyond terrible.
 
I don't think he cringes at all...

Worst. Lyrics. Ever.

Bowie's got to cringe whenever this comes on the radio. Sounds like something written by a 13 year old. Beyond terrible.
I love this song.  "let all the children booogie"
 tphord wrote:

+2 You're right, there's a whole subset of today's youth that is sure they're so sophisticated that nothing is cool or worthy.
Yet they don't have enough experience in much of anything real to even know that they don't know.
The music is there, they can enjoy it or dismiss it as old... if they dismiss it - it's their loss.

 

Honestly that's not the experience I've had with the current 14-20 generation (I'm only 26 myself). The majority of teens I know think 70's and 80's music is retro, and retro means cool.
 GT66 wrote:

+1 It's sad to see all the wonderful things that young people miss because they've designated something as "old" and therefore unworthy of attention. I guess that's how history is lost eh?

 
+2 You're right, there's a whole subset of today's youth that is sure they're so sophisticated that nothing is cool or worthy.
Yet they don't have enough experience in much of anything real to even know that they don't know.
The music is there, they can enjoy it or dismiss it as old... if they dismiss it - it's their loss.

 dmax wrote:

Best music ever recorded was in that 72-74 period, hands down. Even current music lovers enjoy a visit to old person land. Nothing wrong with finding great things wherever they are, regardless of "old" or "new."
 
+1 It's sad to see all the wonderful things that young people miss because they've designated something as "old" and therefore unworthy of attention. I guess that's how history is lost eh?

let all the children boogie...

Great song off of a great album. How about some "Soul Love"?


The Best of Bowie, Ziggy Stardust,  great tunes.
Everytime I hear this song I wish ABC's Life on Mars wasn't canceled after one season. (Yes I know the BBC series made it much longer, but I think the ABC one was better)

{#Clap}

Golden Smog was doing a nice live version of this a couple years ago... 
Ya know lost in all the hype and weirdness and PR that is Bowie, he had some great melodies!
 Papernapkin wrote:
This doesn't hold up over time. Shrill and precious.
 
Or, loose and fun. You should try that sometime.