In a letter to www.stardustcowboy.com, NASA mission controller Terry Watson confessed to employing "Paralyzed" as one of the astronauts' wake-up calls for the 1973 Skylab mission. But due to a flurry of complaints, NASA banned the song from waking further missions.
Those astronauts just weren't crazy enough to enjoy the Ledge (born Norman Carl Odam in Lubbock, Texas, in 1947). But David Bowie loved him and used the Cowboy as an inspiration for Ziggy Stardust. By the '80s, psychobilly and outsider-art fans took notice, affording the Ledge the chance to perform in clubs and not get his guitars smashed by drunk rednecks (which happened on occasion back in the '60s).
The Legendary Stardust Cowboy is now backed by the Altamont Boys, led by Dead Kennedys' western-music weirdo Klaus Flouride.
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