The Spiders from Mars. He played it left hand
But made it too far, became the special man
Then we were Ziggy's band
The titular song from David Bowie's 1972 concept album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars was first recorded as a demo in February 1971, and then re-recorded in November 1971 at Trident Studios in London, England.
Its name was partially inspired by the work of the rockabilly musician known as the Legendary Stardust Cowboy, and as a joke on his friend Iggy Pop. Bowie explained to Q Magazine in 1990 that there was a tailor's shop called Ziggy's that he passed on a train. "I liked it because it had that Iggy connotation but it was a tailor's shop, and I thought, well, this whole thing is gonna be about clothes, so it was my own little joke calling him Ziggy." Many years later, on his 2002 album Heathen, Bowie covered a Legendary Stardust Cowboy song "I Took a Trip On a Gemini Spaceship".
"Ziggy Stardust" charted at position 17 on Billboard Hot Rock Songs and is ranked Number 277 on Rolling Stone Magazine's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. Cover versions are featured in the video games Guitar Hero for the PS2 and Rock Band 3.