Wednesday, November 12, 2014


Man, oh man, any time I get discombobulated about what a clueless fucked up world it is that we live in, I know who to turn to. The Legendary Stardust Cowboy. When I listen to his records, there are moments that convince me to stop trying to make sense out of anything. For fleeting moments, everything becomes irrelevant. It's his total abandon of anything "normal". The most recent comparison to the Ledge's undefinable thing came a few weeks ago, I saw a kid that was about three or four at the beach, plowing the sand with his face, literally, as in crawling with his face in it, leaving a trail behind him. As I watched from a good distance away, I could not stop laughing. That's about as close to the Legendary Stardust Cowboy's appeal as I can really convey. Because watching this kid, I was not laughing at him, I was reacting to one of those moments that really defies rational explanation, the pure what the fuck joy. A toddler with his face in the sand just doesn't give a fuck. Don't we all wish we had a little of that? The Ledge has a lot of it.

The Legendary Stardust Cowboy is a self taught musician who is far from what a normal person would consider talented. But through perseverance, he's eked out a four and a half decade career being just as nuts as he wants. He managed to get signed to Mercury Records, appear on national television, have the "Stardust" part of his name lifted by David Bowie. He's actually had a song covered by Bowie. He's the only musician to have his music banned by NASA, and he's been backed by three members of the Gun Club. (Check the links below.) He's been the subject of many written pieces trying to make sense of him, trying to figure out just what makes him tick. From all appearances, the guy is bat shit crazy. But, really now. The world is batshit crazy. He's normal.

The Legendary Stardust Cowboy - My Underwear Froze to the Clothesline mp3 at
The Legendary Stardust Cowboy - Space Oddity (streaming) at YouTube, Bowie covered him first. Video below.
Audio interview:
The Legendary Stardust Cowboy - Who's Knocking at My Door (live) at YouTube With former members of Gun Club: Kid Congo Powers, Patricia Morrison, and Desperate.  This sounds just like you'd think it would. Plus the Ledge strips down to his skivvies and dances around like a completely normal person.
David Bowie - I Took A Trip On Gemini Spacecraft at YouTube A Legendary Stardust Cowboy cover, Top of the Pops 2002.
Wide Open Space Cadet at Perfect Sound Forever Excellent bio by Irwin Chusid
The Ledge NASA Connection Banned by space agency!

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