we were discussing these two songs in class and i really didnt say much, but i found a few things on the internet that ill post. Ziggy Stardust is a character Bowie created with the help of his then-wife, Angela. The character’s name was inspired by the ’60s psychobilly musician, Legendary Stardust Cowboy. Bowie performed under the Stardust persona for about a year. This specific song is about Stardust growing too conceited: “Making love with his ego, Ziggy sucked up into his mind.” Stardust’s band, The Spiders From Mars, consequently plan to get revenge on the egotistical front man: “So we bitched about his fans, and should we crush his sweet hands?” Bowie said that the song is “about the ultimate rock superstar destroyed by the fanaticism he creates”
from what i have been reading his wife helped create some of his character, he said that this song is just a song about the ultimate superstar that is destroyed by fanaticism he creates. Iggy Pop (note the name: zIGGY), Lou Reed, Marc Bolan, Gene Vincent and Jimi Hendrix (“He played it left hand, but made it too far” – Hendrix was left-handed), were all likely influences on the character Ziggy Stardust, but the only musician Bowie admits was a direct influence is Vince Taylor, an English singer who took the “rock star” persona to the extreme, calling himself Mateus and declaring himself the son of God. Taylor was popular in France in the early ’60s, and Bowie met him in 1966, after his popularity had faded.
as we were talking in class about jimi hendrix being a very big influence on this song, i found other people who could of helped influenced this character.
After discussing the song “wont get fooled again” by the who, i wanted to read about it alittle more and find out what the story behind it is. if there is one. Pete Townshend wrote this song about a revolution. In the first verse, there is an uprising. In the middle, they overthrow those in power, but in the end, the new regime becomes just like the old one (“Meet the new boss, same as the old boss”). Townshend felt revolution was pointless because whoever takes over is destined to become corrupt. In Townshend: A Career Biography, Pete explained that the song was anti establishment, but that “revolution is not going to change anything in the long run, and people are going to get hurt.” The synthesizer represents the revolution. It builds at the beginning when the uprising starts, and comes back at the end when a new revolution is brewing. Townshend wrote this as part of his “Lifehouse” project. He wanted to release a film about a futuristic world where the people are enslaved, but saved by a rock concert. Townshend couldn’t get enough support to finish the project, but most of the songs he wrote were used on the Who’s Next album. And they say Roger Daltrey’s scream is considered one of the best on any rock song. It was quite a convincing wail – so convincing that the rest of the band, lunching nearby, thought Daltrey was brawling with the engineer.