Bowie co-created the film with the title as a pun on the dystopic future of George Orwell‘s 1984 (“1980-floor”) and starred as his iconic alter ego Ziggy Stardust. Stardust had been terminated from his longtime band The Spiders From Mars, which allowed the protagonist film to perform a number of Bowie’s songs from Aladdin Sane and Pinups. This performance was Bowie’s last as Ziggy Stardust. The show was broadcast on NBC via The Midnight Special series, which provided Bowie entry into the American market.
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