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"Ziggy Stardust" is a song written by David Bowie in 1972 for the album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. The name Stardust was inspired by the Legendary Stardust Cowboy. The song is ranked #277 on Rolling Stone's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

Live versions

  • Bowie recorded the song for the BBC radio program "Sounds of the 70s: Bob Harris" January 1, 1972. This was broadcast February 7th, 1972. May 16th, 1972 Bowie again played the song at "Sounds of the 70s: John Peel", and this was broadcast May 23rd, 1972. Both of these versions were released on the Bowie at the Beeb album in 2000.
  • A live version recorded at Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, 20 October 1972 was released on Santa Monica '72. This version also appeared on the Japanese release of RarestOneBowie.
  • The version played at the famous concert at the Hammersmith Odeon, London, July 3 1973 was released on Ziggy Stardust – The Motion Picture.
  • A recording from the 1978 Heroes tour recorded at the Philadelphia Spectrummarker, April 28-29. 1978, was released on Stage. This live version was released as the B-side of the live single "Breaking Glass" in 1978.

Cover versions


The British gothic rock band Bauhaus recorded a version of "Ziggy Stardust" as their eighth single. The single was released in October 1982 through Beggars Banquet Records and reached number fifteen on the UK Singles Chart.The B-side is a Brian Eno cover. It was released in 7" and 12" format on the Beggar's Banquet label. The 12" additional live track "I'm Waiting for the Man" is a Velvet Underground cover.

Track listings

  1. "Ziggy Stardust"
  2. "Third Uncle"

  1. "Ziggy Stardust"
  2. "Party of the First Part"
  3. "Third Uncle"
  4. "Waiting for the Man" (live)

Other covers


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