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Bowie’s first hit, 1969’ s “Space Odd­ity”, fol­lows the jour­ney of Ma­jor Tom – an as­tro­naut who trips way out into the cos­mos – and Bowie would re­turn to the char­ac­ter pe­ri­od­i­cally ( cul­mi­nat­ing in last year’s “Black­star” video). The Di­a­mond Dogs al­bum was borne out of an at­tempt to cre­ate a mu­si­cal of Or­well’s 1984; and his Out­side al­bum was a dystopian cy­ber­punk mystery. But Ziggy Star­dust was un­doubt­edly Bowie’ big­gest cre­ation. This pan­sex­ual alien su­per­man ar­rived like a light­ning bolt and picked on you to hear his glam rock mes­sage.

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