Ziggy Stardust: The Motion Picture

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Ziggy Stardust: The Motion Picture
Live album by
ReleasedOctober 1983 (1983-10)
Recorded3 July 1973 (1973-07-03)
VenueHammersmith Odeon, London
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Singles from Ziggy Stardust: The Motion Picture
  1. "White Light/White Heat"
    Released: November 1983
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Ziggy Stardust: The Motion Picture is a live album by English musician David Bowie, released in October 1983 in conjunction with the film of the same name. The music was recorded during the Ziggy Stardust Tour at the Hammersmith Odeon in London on 3 July 1973 (1973-07-03), although the album was not issued by RCA Records until 1983. Prior to that it had existed in bootleg form, notably His Masters Voice – Bowie and the Spiders From Mars' Last Stand.[5]

The album documents the final show which Bowie performed in his Ziggy Stardust persona. Just before the final track, he announces, "Of all the shows on this tour, this particular show will remain with us the longest, because not only is it the last show of the tour, but it's the last show that we'll ever do. Thank you." Many in the audience believed that Bowie himself was retiring.[6]

Production and release[edit]

D. A. Pennebaker filmed the concert and RCA recorded it with the intention of releasing a live album. However the project was shelved for several reasons, rumoured to include Bowie's desire to leave Ziggy behind, and the poor quality of the recordings.[7] Reasoning that RCA would most likely issue the material sooner or later regardless, Bowie and producer Tony Visconti mixed the recordings in 1981. This mix has been heavily criticised, although Visconti describes it as "more of a salvage job than an artistic endeavor" considering the state of the source material.[8]

The album was eventually released in October 1983 as a double LP soundtrack to Pennebaker's documentary. Partly due to the limitations of the LP record format, the release omitted, shortened or reordered several items from the original tapes. "White Light/White Heat" was issued as a single in November.


Ziggy Stardust: The Motion Picture has been released on CD twice; the first time on 7 August 1992 (1992-08-07) by Rykodisc. In April 2003, the 30th Anniversary 2CD Set was released by EMI/Virgin. Remixed by Visconti, it was considered a significant improvement on the original.[9] It contains additional material, including introductions, spoken passages and the complete version of "The Width of a Circle"; "Changes" was also slotted into its correct position in the original concert's running order, following "Moonage Daydream". "The Jean Genie/Love Me Do" and "Round and Round" encore with Jeff Beck are still omitted. The continued absence of Beck's sequence has been variously attributed to an issue over royalties or to the guitarist feeling, in Tony Visconti's words, that "he didn't fit in the film".[9]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by David Bowie, except where noted.

Original release (1983)[edit]

Disc one

  1. "Hang On to Yourself" – 2:55
  2. "Ziggy Stardust" – 3:09
  3. "Watch That Man" – 4:10
  4. "Wild Eyed Boy from Freecloud"/"All the Young Dudes"/"Oh! You Pretty Things" – 6:37
  5. "Moonage Daydream" – 6:17
  6. "Space Oddity" – 4:49
  7. "My Death" (Jacques Brel, Mort Shuman) – 5:45

Disc two

  1. "Cracked Actor" – 2:52
  2. "Time" – 5:12
  3. "Width of a Circle" – 9:35
  4. "Changes" – 3:35
  5. "Let's Spend the Night Together" (Mick Jagger, Keith Richards) – 3:09
  6. "Suffragette City" – 3:02
  7. "White Light/White Heat" (Lou Reed) – 4:06
  8. "Rock 'n' Roll Suicide" – 4:20

30th Anniversary edition (2003)[edit]

Disc one[edit]

  1. "Intro" (incorporating Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, arranged and performed by Wendy Carlos) (Ludwig van Beethoven) – 1:05
  2. "Hang on to Yourself" – 2:55
  3. "Ziggy Stardust" – 3:19
  4. "Watch That Man" – 4:14
  5. "Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud" – 3:15
  6. "All the Young Dudes" – 1:38
  7. "Oh! You Pretty Things" – 1:46
  8. "Moonage Daydream" – 6:25
  9. "Changes" – 3:36
  10. "Space Oddity" – 5:05
  11. "My Death" (Brel, Shuman) – 7:20

Disc two[edit]

  1. "Intro" (incorporating William Tell Overture (Abridged), arranged and performed by Wendy Carlos) (Gioacchino Rossini) – 1:01
  2. "Cracked Actor" – 3:03
  3. "Time" – 5:31
  4. "The Width of a Circle" – 15:45
  5. "Let's Spend the Night Together" (Jagger, Richards) – 3:02
  6. "Suffragette City" – 4:32
  7. "White Light/White Heat" (Reed) – 4:01
  8. "Farewell Speech" – 0:39
  9. "Rock 'n' Roll Suicide" – 5:17



  • David Bowie, Mike Moran – live recording production and mixing
  • Ken Scott – recording engineer
  • David Bowie, Tony Visconti, Bruce Tergeson – 2003 remixing


Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1983/84) Peak
Australian (Kent Music Report)[10] 67
UK Albums Chart 17[11]
Billboard Pop Albums 89[12]


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  2. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th concise ed.). Omnibus Press.
  3. ^ Graff, Gary; Durchholz, Daniel, eds. (1999). MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide. Farmington Hills, Michigan: Visible Ink Press. p. 151. ISBN 1-57859-061-2.
  4. ^ "David Bowie: Five Years 1969-1973 Album Review - Pitchfork". Retrieved 2 October 2016.
  5. ^ Roy Carr & Charles Shaar Murray (1981). Bowie: An Illustrated Record: p.116
  6. ^ David Buckley (1999). Strange Fascination – David Bowie: The Definitive Story: p.191
  7. ^ Roy Carr & Charles Shaar Murray (1981). Op Cit: p.65
  8. ^ "FAQ: David Bowie" at TonyVisconti.com Archived 24 October 2006 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ a b Nicholas Pegg (2000). The Complete David Bowie: p.320
  10. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 283. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  11. ^ "UK Top 40 Hit Database". Archived from the original on 19 March 2008. Retrieved 15 July 2008.
  12. ^ "allmusic (((Ziggy Stardust – The Motion Picture > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums)))".