Ziggy Stardust

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Ziggy Stardust  was an alter ego of David Bowie.  (More from Wikipedia)
Continuing in the Allmusic article, Stephen Thomas Erlewine talks about the genesis of the Stooges’ third album: “Early in 1972, [Iggy] Pop happened to run into David Bowie, then at the height of his Ziggy Stardust popularity and an avowed Stooges fan. Bowie made it his mission to resuscitate Iggy & the Stooges, as the band was then billed. Iggy and [James] Williamson were signed to a management deal with MainMan, the firm guiding Bowie’s career, and the new edition of the band scored a deal with Columbia Records. Temporarily based in London and unable to find a suitable rhythm section in the U.K., Iggy and Williamson invited the Asheton brothers to join the new group, with Scott [Asheton] on drums and Ron [Asheton] moved to bass. Iggy produced the third Stooges album, Raw Power, and Bowie handled the mix. Released in 1973 to surprisingly strong reviews, Raw Power had a weird, thin sound due to various technical problems . . . [with] many Stooges purists blam[ing] Bowie for the brittle mix.”
(December 2016)
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In a long essay in the booklet for Rough Power that includes an interview with guitarist/bassist Ron AshetonFrank Meyer says of David Bowie’s involvement:  “Finally . . . Iggy brought the tapes to [David] Bowie in L.A. for remixing and mastering.  Bowie’s mix turned out to be very different than the original Stooges mix.  He buried the drums and bass, took out backup vocals, percussion and keyboard parts, and brought the lead guitar up in the mix.  While the band was not happy with it, CBS [Records] was thrilled that [Raw Power] was produced by Ziggy Stardust himself, and felt it would boost sales.  Although Bowie’s mix stands the test of time and, in fact, adds to the overall originality of the album, it’s very interesting to hear some of the Stooges’ original attempts.” 
(December 2017)
Last edited: March 22, 2021