The Six Most Badass Musicians from Outer Freakin' Space
4. The Legendary Stardust Cowboy
As the reason David Bowie took "Stardust" in the name Ziggy Stardust, the Legendary Stardust Cowboy is one of my favorite topics of conversation. I mention him to nearly anyone I can -- from the guy in the grocery store last week to Marilyn Manson. Born in Lubbock, Texas, Norman Odam had always been fascinated with the moon and outer space. While the Texan singer has yet to achieve his goal of making space-suits for horses and creating the first ranch on Mars, his song "Paralyzed" was such a hit in the late 1960s that it ended up being used by NASA to wake the astronauts on space missions.
On another odd note, I mailed a 7" record of the Legendary Stardust Cowboy to a member of Sunn 0))), Greg Anderson, in an attempt to convince him to put out a record for my band on his label, Southern Lord Records. There was no response. There was also no response when I wrote a letter to the Legendary Stardust Cowboy asking him to collaborate on a record with my band as well. Failure on all fronts, Drew Ailes.
I just spent an hour reading a site called Spacesynth.net before realizing that I still have absolutely no goddamn idea what this stuff is. The best I can tell you is that Laserdance is, indeed, somehow related to space and it doesn't really matter if they even put out music as long as they created this kind of kickass album art.