Rock ‘N’ Roll Suicide – David Bowie
On the 5th anniversary of the great mans death it seemed only fitting that this weeks throwback look at the final song on arguably his most influential album ‘The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars’, ‘Rock ‘N’ Roll Suicide’.
On an album which opens with ‘Five Years’ includes the likes of ‘Moonage Daydream’ and ‘Starman’ you may be wondering why I decided to go with ‘Rock ‘N’ Roll Suicide’ and I can answer your queries with one simple answer… it is bloody brilliant.
Encapsulating Bowie perfectly, with lyrics from another generation, music from a different world and feelings from a different universe. Again, not one of his most well known tracks, but the perfect way to end a perfect album. The first minute of the song played on acoustic guitar as David Bowie almost monologues whats on his mind, but as the song goes on it grows and it grows, finally building up to a final moment of euphoria in which Bowie whails out “you’re not alone” before screaming out “gimme your hands ’cause you’re wonderful”. It captures your emotions completely, if you ever had feelings of loneliness, sorrow or despair and David reaches his hand out towards you.
It later became a shout out to his children, his fans, even his own band felt the emotion of this one. On a day where we will all be feeling down, this track is a concrete reminded of what kind of man David Bowie was – he was the man who put others before himself, the man from a different time, the man who knew how the real world worked and knew how to make you feel through his lyricism and his music. He wasn’t just a man though, he was the Starman!
Words by: Dan Smith