On this date in 1969 “Space Oddity” by David Bowie was released in the UK for the first time. It was published as a 7-inch single before appearing as the opening track of his second studio album, David Bowie (November 1969). It became one of Bowie”s signature songs and included in The Rock and Roll of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.
Inspired by Stanley Kubrick’s film 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), the song is about the launch into space of Major Tom, a fictional astronaut, and was released during a period of great interest in space flight.
Bowie revisited his Major Tom character in the songs “Ashes to Ashes”, “Hallo Spaceboy” and possibly the music video for “Blackstar”.
Now take your protein pills and put your helmet on. 10, 9, 8, 7, 6 â¦.
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