Bowie Reveals The Secret Origin Of Ziggy Stardust In This Great Cartoon

The man responsible for the greatest scifi album of all time is Ziggy Stardust. And the man responsible for that man is of course David Bowie, who explains his creation of his iconic 1970s glam rock character in this 1998 interview with Joe Smith, now animated by PBS's Blank on Blank.

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The interview covers — wait for it — both the rise and fall of Bowie's Ziggy Stardust persona, but even if you aren't a Bowie fan, the animation is plenty charming on its own. You can check out other Blank on Blank interview animations, ranging from John Lennon to Johnny Cash to the Beast Boys, here.

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99TelepodProblems

What an incredibly intelligent, extraordinarily grounded individual.

He brings up an excellent point about the shelf life of these larger than life rock characters. Typically, you have at best two great albums with them but hanging on to the character beyond that point it begins to define your career and, what's more, you start to become a joke: the victim of your own gimmick.

Marilyn Manson is a good example of this. His image was so potent initially that he was catapulted from obscurity to become the last great Satanic Panic rock star. He was dangerous and relevant. But he never really transitioned as an artist (musically) and now he more or less seems like a sad, drunk clown wandering outside various circus tents trying to entertain passers by with his old, played out shtick.