4. Life on Mars
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David Bowie: A Tale Told In Glam & Scandal
4. 4. Life on Mars
During his US tour, Bowie conceived of a character that would be an amalgamation of Iggy Pop and Lou Reed's music. Upon his return to England he announced his intention for a persona "who looks like he's landed from Mars". 'Hunky Dory' was released in 1971, including the soaring epic ballad 'Life on Mars', building upon the themes of the stars and universe he'd created in his 'Space Oddity' days. Alas, despite its enduring legacy, it wasn't a commercial success upon release. Cue Ziggy Stardust.