Stardust

Album: Greatest Hits (1974)
Charted: 7

Songfacts®:

  • This was the main theme to the film Stardust, which was the follow up to That'll Be the Day in which David Essex played a Pop singer named Jim Maclaine who becomes famous and wealthy beyond his dreams then is destroyed by adulation and excess.
  • In an interview with the BBC, David Essex said: "All of a sudden you become God, but you know you're not God. So many of the things we were doing in the film were happening in real life. There were times when I didn't know whether I was David or Jim."
  • Martin Gore of Depeche Mode recorded this for his 2003 covers album Counterfeit. Released as a single it peaked at #44 in the UK. Said Gore: "Firstly, it was just a song from my youth. I wasn't ever a massive David Essex fan, but I liked a few of his tracks and 'Stardust' was one of them, and probably my favorite one. It's also from the film Stardust which is about the demise of a rock star and how he gets heavily involved in drugs, which was pointed out to me had some kind of parallels with Depeche Mode, but that's not the reason why I chose it. It's a good emotional song and I think it does sum up, somehow, the loneliness of being a rock star at times. You know, of course, it's a great job, but it's a very strange job, it's very weird." (courtesy: atomicduster.com) >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Edward Pearce - Ashford, Kent, England, for all above

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