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1978 Station To Station Tour: On this tour Bowie resurrected Ziggy Stardust for the first time since 1973 by devoting a large segment of the "Stage" show to songs from Ziggy Stardust.  The crowds were ecstatic and cheered loudly during the playing of these songs.

1980 Floor Show, The: A spectacular Bowie stage production that was filmed over 3 days at The Marquee, London for the NBC TV show The Midnight Special.

"1984"(Bowie): Song that Bowie previewed at The 1980 Floor Show in embryonic form as "You Didn't Hear it From Me (Dodo)" and which was eventually recorded for DIAMOND DOGS (1974). The song was inspired by George Orwell's novel 1984. Originally Bowie intended to make a stage production of 1984 but Orwell's widow denied him the rights resulting in the DIAMOND DOGS (1974) album instead.

"I was stuck with a partially written musical. And I converted it into something more Borroughsian. That was when I really started playing around with cut-up techniques, and that really opened up a whole new avenue of songwriting to me, a whole approach creating different atmospheres. Because that was the crux of what rock was to me. It wasn't so much what rock said. It was just the attitude and the atmosphere that it created. I was trying to define my version of rock-personally, in the way that I felt it, as a more stage oriented, theatrical kind of artist." - Bowie

"1984/Dodo"(Bowie): Previously unreleased 1973 song (a studio combination of "1984" and "Dodo") which can be heard on the SOUND + VISION II (1989) CD.

2001- A SPACE ODYSSEY: Stanley Kubrick 1968 science-fiction film that Bowie said partly inspired him to write "Space Oddity." Two other Bowie songs which show 2001 influence are "Life on Mars?" and "The Width of A Circle". Both have similar endings to the famous drum coda on "Also sprach Zarathustra" by Richard Strauss which was one of the classical themes in the movie. Bowie also used 2001-like film of galaxies rushing toward the audience as part of his Ziggy Stardust concerts.

 

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Ziggy Stardust Scarf (1973)