Is the guitar playing on Ziggy Stardust worthy of a Ziggy Stardust?June 8 2012 at 11:37 PM
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|sam (Login whitecaps)|
Hi, if you write an album about Ziggy Stardust and include the lyric, "Boy could he play guitar," the album better contain some of the greatest guitar work ever recorded, right?
Does the album contain guitar work worthy of a "leper messiah"? In order to understand the answer to this you have to understand who Ziggy was. Who was he?
Ziggy was a hard rock guitarist from the backstreets of London whose stardom was born in the last five years of the world. He didn't have a lot of time. He played a style of quick, buzzing chords and brief "freak out" solos. He got in, got out, and was amazing doing so.
The four songs, Star, Hang On To Yourself, Ziggy Stardust, and Suffragette City, are possibly the greatest consecutive guitar songs on any album. If this is Ziggy's proof of his guitar writing and playing, then it's proof positive.
Yes, Ziggy could play and boy did he prove it.