David Bowie was ‘screaming and crying’ while recording ‘Ziggy Stardust’ opener ‘Five Years’

David Bowie broke down in tears while recording his first and only take of 'Five Years', the opening track on 1972’s seminal album 'The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars'.

Trending Now

The new Uncut: the Rolling Stones, Drag City CD, Patti Smith, Peter Green RIP, Gillian Welch and more

Here at Uncut, we write a lot about transformative events in a band or an artist’s career. Those critical...

Fontaines DC: “The most normal things become absolutely terrifying”

Previously published in Uncut’s February 2020 issue 2019 was a breakthrough year for Fontaines DC, with their Mercury Prize-nominated debut...

The 9th Uncut New Music Playlist Of 2020

Garcia Peoples, Songhoy Blues, The Pretty Things, Sarah Davachi and Bon Iver ft Bruce Springsteen!

Introducing the Deluxe Ultimate Music Guide to Prince

As you’ll read in our deluxe, fully-updated Ultimate Music Guide, in his lifetime Prince was an artist whose creativity...

David Bowie broke down in tears while recording his first and only take of ‘Five Years’, the opening track on 1972’s seminal album ‘The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars’.

The recording of the album has been documented in detail for the first time by engineer Dennis MacKay, and unveiled in the new revamped April issue of Uncut.

“Bowie’s screaming, and what you hear on that song [‘Five Years’] – the emotion – is for real,” explains MacKay. “He’s bawling his eyes out. [Mick] Ronson was looking at Bowie, stunned. I was in shock, because… he was also hitting every note spot-on.

“I’ve worked with some great vocalists since. But no-one who could do it in one take with that much emotion.”

The cover story of the revamped issue, which features a whole new look and an expanded reviews section among other improvements, takes a detailed look at the creation of Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust persona, including detailed, never-before-heard stories of Bowie’s adventures in the recording studio.

We’re really keen to find out more about our readers – what you’re listening to, how you buy your music, what other media you’re into.

For the chance to win £100 of HMV vouchers and a year’s subscription to Uncut, please take just five minutes to fill in our Uncut online survey.

Advertisement
Advertisement

Latest Issue

The Rolling Stones, Patti Smith, Peter Green, Gillian Welch, Black Sabbath, The Cramps and Sun Ra, plus a free Drag City CD
Advertisement

Features

Advertisement