Five Years turns 50

The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars was released 50 years ago this week. It’s arguably David Bowie’s greatest album, and certainly the longest titled.* In these days of existential dread, there’s something vaguely comforting in the existential dread of its opening track, Five Years. At least we can reflect that this is not a new sensation, and that we’ve now beaten the song’s prediction of world apocalypse in five years by a factor of ten (and counting). Way to go humanity!

On the other hand, Ziggy’s not around to save us this time.

  • I can almost feel a “Sorry, nope,” coming. Let’s just say it’s the longest title I can think of.

Our local paper noted the 50th this year of several albums. Ziggy was one. Others were: Can’t Buy a Thrill, Eat a Peach, Talking Book and a few more.

Arguably Rock n Roll’s greatest album. Amazing bit of work, even without considering the risks of producing anything like that in 1972.