Coming in between Hunky Dory and Aladdin Sane, the Ziggy Stardust album was perhaps the moment where everything crystallised for Mr Jones.
A ‘sort of’ concept album about a bisexual alien rock superstar (that eventually Bowie had to abandon surrounding his obsession with the character) party inspired by his love of Iggy Pop and Lou Reed, this was a work of genuine genius by a creative powerhouse intent on changing the world (Bowie stated at the time that he was bored of denim and hippies)
The song I’ve performed here is my favourite from the album, but it’s hard to choose really. For the opening gambit of ‘Five Years’ through ‘Starman’ to ‘Rock n Roll Suicide’ the complexity, the humour and the almost sanguine approach to life through the cracked lens of one of the worlds greatest ever jesters is breathtaking.
Quite simply the master of disguise, a troubadour wrapped in the clothes of a prophet, an intoxicating art supremo who’s invention is only equalled by the sheer quality of the writing. IMO the greatest musical solo artist ever.
I’m in debt and awe in equal measure.
I hope this goes some way to honouring his peerless career.
I’m so lucky to have been alive whilst he was.
Toby Jepson’s debut solo album ‘Toby and the Whole Truth – Ignorance Is Bliss’ is now available to pre-order as a limited edition signed deluxe CD Songbook with all original 11 songs remastered and featuring previously unreleased material.
A special 25th anniversary edition: The songbook features 36 pages of production notes, hand drawn illustrations, lyrics, song explanations and a forward introduction by writer David Gailbraith (Kerrang!).
In my new series of podcasts – TOBY AND THE WHOLE TRUTH – I seek to uncover the reality of what it means to live and work as a successful person in the real music business. I’ve interviewed characters from every sector of this crazy yet obsessively addictive world to try uncover what it really takes to reach beyond the dream, step out of the garage and bedroom to escape the ‘normal’ world and become a success against the odds in the most competitive business there is.