The Man Who Fell From Mars
I was walking through the V & A museum in London, amazed by the David Bowie retrospective, and admiring the fantastic costumes and imagery chosen from the Bowie private archives when a thin, bare-chested creature with heavy make-up suddenly landed on the floor, as if falling from the ceiling.
- Hey, man, did you fell from Mars?
- As a matter of fact, yes. What about you? Do you live on a farm?
- I like your hair, it’s really cool. Are you a make-up artis ?
- I’m Ziggy, the Martian messiah who played guitar. As Bowie used to say in 1972, “Call me Ziggy, call me Ziggy Stardust!”
- I thought Ziggy had commited Rock n’ Roll Suicide, it’s the last song of the album.
- It was metaphor. Do you realize how influential it was for other musicians, and how much it still is today. Think of Lady Gaga, she wouldn’t exist without us opening the way 40 years from now.
- But Gaga’s music sucks. Your band the Spiders from Mars has the super power of guitar hero Mick Ronson.
- We were called “glitter rockers.”
- I read that you got the name Ziggy after a London tailor’s shop that Bowie spotted from a train. He then joked that it was because Ziggy Stardust was all about clothes.
- Well, yes, and make-up.
- And Stardust came from a strange country singer called “The Legendary Stardust Cowboy.”
- Bowie paid tribute to him by covering one of his song “I Took A Trip On A Gemini Spaceship.”
- I’m amazed by your costumes. There is the Union Jack coat designed by Bowie and Alexander McQueen, and the striped body suit designed by Kansai Yamamoto, which makes Comme des Garçons looking almost conservative. What do you think of Fashion today?
- I don’t know. I went to Uniqlo today, but didn’t find anything I could wear. Everything looks outrageous on me.
- Did you try Prada?
- Oh, I know Prada. We also have Prada stores on Mars.
- You were so advanced for your time, I mean, this androgynous look of yours… how was it to be a bisexual space man on earth in 1972?
- Well, I thought everyone was a bisexual. But more than that, I was a new type of Rock Star. As Bowie said, “I always had a repulsive need to be something more that human.”
- But you are not the real Ziggy?
- The real Ziggy Stardust is an invention.