"When we got the lyrics we started to think about what kind of image we wanted to use and because of the title and "The Jean Genie" reference we decided that we wanted to use the naked torso and a lot of airbrushing." - Celia Philo
Mick Ronson was the guitarist for ‘The Spiders From Mars’ - David Bowie's backing band between 1970-1973. The Yorkshire born guitarist was known for being able to recreate the feel and style of many other players of the time. Ronson was recruited in early 1970 for David Bowie's backing band. With Bowie, Ronson went on to record the classic albums: The Man Who Sold The World (1970), Hunky Dory (1971), The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust (1972) and Aladdin Sane (1973). During this time Ronson was also credited with producing Lou Reed's Transformer album taking his career to an international level. After the sudden disbanding of The Spiders from Mars, Ronson went on to work with Mott the Hoople and Bob Dylan whilst having a successful solo career.
The original concept behind the artwork was to include portraits of each band member in the Aladdin Sane gatefold sleeve. The three portraits were then changed to the full-length image of David Bowie. The other band members were also photographed for the album including drummer Woody Woodmansey and bass player Trevor Bolder.
The fascinating story behind this timeless session is fully documented in the Duffy Bowie Five Sessions Book told by those who were there. Including Duffy who said of the session – “It happened because there was a little bit of magic in the room that night. I’ll say it myself – it’s a great cover!”
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