Space Oddity (original video, released in 1969). Happy Birthday, David Bowie!
• Released to coincide with the first moon landing, Space Oddity became instantly popular as backdrop for TV footage of the event. Bowie was amused because in the song, the unfortunate astronaut Major Tom, is cut off from Ground Control:
“Here am I sitting in my tin can far above the Moon
Planet Earth is blue and there’s nothing I can do.”
• The inspiration for the song came from the 1968 release of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey . “Space Oddity” is a play on the phrase “Space Odyssey,” and the title does not appear in the lyrics. Did you notice that David Bowie’s name is remarkably similar to David Bowman of the film?
• Ashes to Ashes released in 1980 reports back with news that Major Tom is doing well: “I’m happy, hope you’re happy too”. But Ground Control is not buying it: “Ashes to ashes, funk to funky
We know Major Tom’s a junkie
Strung out in heaven’s high
Hitting an all-time low”
This song is hauntingly lovely (can’t get it out of my head!), watch his innovative video: David Bowie – Ashes To Ashes
Major Tom gets a final mention on Hallo Spaceboy : David Bowie – Hallo Spaceboy