The Ledgendary Stardust Cowboy

The Ledgendary Stardust Cowboy

David Bowie on the Legendary Stardust Cowboy (about 2:00 into this interview with Jules Holland):

He made positively the most cacophonous, awful records that had ever been made in the late 60s. [...]  And [a Mercury records exec] gave me this stack of singles by this guy and I thought they were unbelievably atrocious, but in that wonderful way that you couldn’t stop listening to them they were so awful. [...] And there’s a bugle solo in the middle [of the song “Paralyzed”] that’s to die for (laughs).  And he won me over.  And his name Stardust became part of the Ziggy Stardust name. That’s where I got the name Ziggy Stardust.

Recently I finally got a chance to see the Ledge open up for Daniel Johnston in a show in NYC that was curated by Bowie and, man, he didn’t disappoint. As his band (which featured bassist Klaus Fluoride of the Dead Kennedys) played their opening instrumental, the then 59-year-old Ledge crawled on his belly all the way from the side of the stage to his microphone.  They then ripped into a manic version (is there any other?) of “Paralyzed,” a song they performed twice that evening, and prior to the next tune, the Ledge removed his heavy gun holster and hurled it at a dangerous velocity into the crowd. Later he flung paper plates adorned with his siganture into the crowd and, yes, I’m the proud owner of one of them. It was rockin’ dementia at its finest.

Below you’ll find a few of the better Ledge videos on YouTube and an MP3 download of the rare “Standing in a Trashcan (Thinking About You)” that will be begging for a spot on your next mix CD for as long as you allow it to remain on your hard drive. Enjoy.

The Ledge on “Laugh In” (short but good)

The Ledge performing “Paralyzed” on the Australian variety show “Hey Hey It’s Saturday” (video embed disabled)

The Ledge performing “My Underwear Froze to the Clothesline” on “Art’s Fein’s Poker Party” (Austin, TX):

MP3: The Legendary Stardust Cowboy—“Standing in a Trashcan (Thinking About You)

MORE: Irwin Chusid on the Ledge at Perfect Sound Forever

Posted by Kevin K. on 10/12/07 at 07:11 AM • Permalink
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