“Space Oddity”.

 

“Space Oddity”
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   Lyrics                      Video
from the album  David Bowie
B-side “Wild Eyed Boy from Freecloud”
Released 11 July 1969
Format 7-inch single
Recorded
  • 20 June 1969,
  • Trident Studios, London
Length 5:15 (album version)
4:33 (UK single edit)
3:26 (U.S. single edit)
Label Philips
Writer(s) David Bowie
Producer(s) Gus Dudgeon
David Bowie’s Singles
“Love You Till Tuesday”
(Video)
Space Oddity
(Video)

Space Oddity is a song by David Bowie. It was first released on 11 July 1969. It became one of Bowie’s signature songs and one of four of his songs to be included in The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.

The song is about the launch of Major Tom, a fictional astronaut, and was released during a period of great interest in space flight.  The lyrics have also been seen to lampoon the British space programme, which was and still is an unmanned project. Bowie would later revisit his Major Tom character in the songs “Ashes to Ashes“, “Hallo Spaceboy” and possibly the music video for “Blackstar”.

“Space Oddity” was David Bowie’s first single to chart in the UK. It reached the top five on its initial release and received the 1970 Ivor Novello Special Award for Originality. His second album, originally released as David Bowie in the UK, was renamed after the track for its 1972 re-release by RCA Records and became known by this name. In 1975, upon re-release as part of a maxi-single, the song became Bowie’s first UK No. 1 single.

In 2013, the song gained renewed popularity after it was covered by Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, who performed the song while aboard the International Space Station, and therefore became the first music video shot in space. In January 2016, the song re-entered singles charts around the world following Bowie’s death, which included becoming Bowie’s first single to top the French Singles Chart. The song also ranked as third on iTunes on January 12, 2016.

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