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Rock Hall Anniversary: David Bowie’s Diamond Dogs

NEW YORK - JUNE 07: David Bowie attends the 2010 CFDA Fashion Awards at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center on June 7, 2010 in New York City.
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David Bowie has always been considered one if not the biggest artist in the 1970s glam rock movement, especially with the Ziggy Stardust persona. But that character takes its last gasp in the singer’s eighth studio album Diamond Dogs.

Released in April 1974, the album was described as revolving around the concept that had a blend between the George Orwell book Nineteen Eighty-Four, and Bowie’s vision of a post-apocalyptic world. However, the character of Ziggy Stardust was still very much alive in the album, as it would be witnessed in the album cover, where Bowie is still sporting the character’s haircut, as well as the single “Rebel Rebel” (where in a few vintage clips, Bowie is in the Ziggy Stardust getup). Other moments on the album includes the Rolling Stones influence of the title track, and the preview what would be Bowie’s next musical phase with the track “1984”.

Diamond Dogs became Bowie’s third UK chart topper, and first to hit the top five in the US. It was certified gold on both sides of the Atlantic. However, critical reception was not as strong, as it received lukewarm receptions from Allmusic.com and Robert Christgau, and was panned by Rolling Stone. And even to this day, it is not considered one of Bowie’s best works. But despite that, it has set the stage for what was to come in Bowie's career from the mid-1970s on, and has been reissued a few times, especially in 2004 where a bonus CD was included.