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There's a starman waiting in the sky. He'd like to come and meet us but he thinks he'd blow our minds.
He told me: Let the children lose it. Let the children use it. Let all the children boogie.

Bowie scored a place on Top of the Pops in July 1972 and sang "Starman". Bowie's television performance with the Spiders became famous; according to author David Buckley, "Many fans date their conversion to all things Bowie to this Top of the Pops appearance". It embedded Ziggy Stardust in the nation’s consciousness, helping push "Starman" to No. 10 and the album, released the previous month, to No. 5. Although this performance, recorded on 5 July 1972 and broadcast on 6 July, is often cited as being the first UK TV performance of the song, it had in fact been performed on ITV's Lift Off with Ayshea three weeks earlier. The "Starman" single remained in the UK charts for 11 weeks. In the United States, the single peaked at number 65 on the Billboard Hot 100 in August 1972.

In 1972, a computer model predicted the end of the world