Song Stories

“Ziggy Stardust”

David Bowie | 1972

The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars is a concept album that made David Bowie not only a famous singer but also a cult figure. Its title track examines the story’s antihero, an alien rock star who’s come to save the human spirit in the face of Earth’s imminent destruction. But Ziggy got so sidetracked by fame and so blindsided by excess that it eventually led to his own destruction. “I couldn’t decide whether I was writing the characters, or whether the characters were writing me, or whether we were all one and the same,” says David Bowie, who embraced Ziggy as his alter ego at the time.

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“Stillness Is the Move”

Dirty Projectors | 2009

A Wim Wenders film and a rapper inspired the Dirty Projectors duo David Longstreth and Amber Coffmanto write "sort of a love song." "We rented the movie Wings of Desire from Dave's brother's recommendation, and he had me go through it and just write down some things that I found interesting, and they made it into the song," Coffman said. As for the hip-hop connection, Longstreth explained, "The beat is based on T-Pain. We commissioned a radio mix of the song by the guy who mixes all of Timbaland's records, but the mix we made sounded way better, so we didn't use it."

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