Kingston Poly
6th May 1972

Recording from very lo-gen cassette
Original CDR>EAC>Flac

01. Hang Onto Yourself
02. Ziggy Stardust
03. The Supermen
04. Queen Bitch
05. Song For Bob Dylan
06. Changes
07. Starman
08. Five Years
09. Space Oddity
10. Andy Warhol
11. Amsterdam
12. I Feel Free
13. Moonage Daydream
14. White Light White Heat
15. I Gotta Get A Job
16. Suffragette City
17. Rock 'N Roll Suicide
18. Waiting For The Man

Artwork by Walter Ego
original torrent

--- a note posted in the torrent comments section of savagejaw ---

I'd like to thank you very much for seeding this Mr S. Jaw. I too bought a dodgy cassette copy of this showat a record fair. I was at this concert and let me tell you that it was the very best show I ever saw David and the Spiders play, and I attended about 20 shows in 1972 and 1973. My first was at the Toby Jug in Tolworth (I believe the first to be billed as DB and Spiders From Mars?) and my last was the show with Jeff Beck at Hammersmith Odeon. Great days.

Anyway, here's a few notes why this show was so special. Firstly, the support act was the JSD Band who never made it big but really should have. They were a Scottish folk-rock band who played lots of up-tempo jigs and reels as well as songs, but did it brilliantly. David remarked at one point something along the lines that they were the best support band he'd ever had. Maybe still the case??? Anyway, they really got the place rocking and prepared the way for the Spiders to rip the place apart. I saw many shows at this fantastic venue - it was an unseated upstairs hall with a polished wooden floor that was bouncing by the end of this performance. We used to sit cross-legged on the floor for the quieter acts like the Incredible String Band by the way...

The early 1972 Spiders shows tended to be wilder and more energetic than the 1973 shows. The costume changes, lighting cues and choreographed moves of the 1973 shows rather compromised spontaneity. Kingston Poly was a very spontaneous physical performance. If you can get hold of the tiny bit of footage from Aylesbury Friars in 1972 you'll see what I mean.

There was an absolutely deranged young woman in the audience. She had short blonde hair and I think, if memory serves me well, was wearing hot pants. It was of course Angie Bowie. She was wild! At one point she was raised aloft on someone's lucky shoulders and goading David and the band to even greater heights. I'm pretty sure that at one point David leapt into the audience to join her. During Suffragette City maybe? It was a long time ago... Angie had been a student at Kingston Polytechnic apparently and this was a special gig for her. Mick Ronson set his Gold Les Paul to maximum feedback and passed it into the audience too. Probably during Moonage Daydream but I can't be sure. As I say, a wild show. Setlist was pretty standard except for the inclusion of Get A Job and maybe Song For Bob Dylan. Might be wrong about the second one though.

David's opening words are cut on this recording. They were the same words at every show in early 72: Clockwork Orange Intro faded and David would say "Hello. I'm David Bowie. These are the Spiders From Mars. And this is some of our music". Cue Hang On To Yourself.

Thanks again. You've made my day. Especially after the death of Easytree.

- Robin

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