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It was first released as a 7-inch single on 11 July It was also the opening track of his second studio album, David Bowie. Inspired by Stanley Kubrick 's film Jeder Ton spricht davon - Ingeborg Hallstein, Kölner Rundfunk-Sinfonie-Orchester, Groses Operetten-O Space Odyssey the song is about the Priss - 30XX - Gore Future of Major Toma fictional astronautand was released during a period of great interest in space flight.
The United States' Apollo 11 mission would launch five days later and would become the first manned moon landing another five days after that. Bowie revisited his Major Tom character in the songs " Ashes to Ashes ", " Hallo Spaceboy " and possibly the music video for " Blackstar ".
It reached the top five on its initial release and received the Ivor Novello Special Award for Originality. Inupon re-release as part of a maxi-single, the song became Bowie's first UK No. Inthe song gained renewed popularity following its recording 44 years after Bowie by Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfieldwho performed the song with slightly revised lyrics while aboard the International Space Stationand therefore became the first music video shot in space.
In Januarythe song re-entered singles charts around the world following Bowie's deathwhich included becoming Bowie's first single to top the French Singles Chart. The song also ranked as third on iTunes on 12 Cantador - Chico Correa & Electronic Band - Chico Correa & Electronic Band Three primary studio versions of "Space Oddity" exist: an early version recorded in Februarythe album version recorded that June Back To Space (RafaEL Remix) - Stereo For Two - Back To Space for release as a singleand a re-recording.
It subsequently appeared on the compilation albums London Boy full-length version, and The Deram Anthology — In Juneafter Bowie's split from record label Deramhis manager, Kenneth Pittnegotiated a one-album deal with options for a further one or two albums with Mercury Records and its UK subsidiary, Philips. Next Bowie tried to find a producer. George Martin turned the project down,  while Tony Visconti liked the album demo-tracks, but considered the planned lead-off single, "Space Oddity", a 'cheap shot' at the impending Apollo 11 space mission.
Visconti decided to delegate its production to Gus Dudgeon. The album version of "Space Oddity" was recorded at Trident Studios on Cacao / Aldo Pazzia - Mennea / Stella Nascente June with overdubs a few days later Angel Of Destruction - Syphilitic Vaginas - 梅毒ﾏﾝｺ used the in-house session player Rick Wakeman Mellotronwho was later to achieve fame with the progressive rock band Yesas well as Mick Wayne guitarHerbie Flowers bassand Terry Cox drums.
The song was promoted in advertisements for the Stylophoneplayed by Bowie on the record and heard in the background during the opening verse. The single was not played by the BBC until after the Apollo 11 crew had safely returned;  after this slow start, the song reached No. In the US, it stalled at Besides its title, which alludes to the film A Space Odysseythe introduction to the song is a barely audible instrumental build-up Back To Space (RafaEL Remix) - Stereo For Two - Back To Space is analogous to the deep bass tone in Also sprach Zarathustra that is prominently used in the film.
On 2 OctoberBowie performed the song for an episode of Top of the Pops. However, this was recorded separate from the main audience. The performance was shown on 9 October the following week, and repeated on 16 October. At present, the performance is 'missing' due to the BBC's late junking policy. The release was timed by the record company to align with the moon landing, and so Bowie was considered for a time a Gigalo - Skambomambo - Made To Specification act, especially since he would not have another hit for three years.
Mogol wrote Italian lyrics for the song, and Bowie recorded a new vocal in Decemberreleasing the single " Ragazzo solo, ragazza sola " "Lonely Boy, Lonely Girl" in Italy. Upon its re-release as a single in"Space Oddity" reached No. It spent two weeks at the top of that chart. Bowie recorded a stripped-down, acoustic version of "Space Oddity" in late which was issued in February as the B-side of " Alabama Song ".
The recording was released, in a remixed form, in on the Rykodisc reissue of Bowie's Scary Monsters and Super Creeps album, and it was rereleased on Re:Call 3part of the A New Career in a New Town — compilation, in On 20 Julythe single was reissued on a digital EP that features the original UK and US mono single edits, a subsequent US stereo single edit, and the rerecording, as well as stems that allow listeners to remix the song. This release coincided with the 40th anniversary of the song and the Apollo 11 moon landing.
The 50th anniversary of the single was marked on 12 July by the release, on digital and vinyl singles, of a new remix of the song by Tony Visconti.
The vinyl version, issued in a box set, also included the original UK mono single edit. There were also several demos recorded in earlyfour of which have since had an official commercial release. An early demo was recorded in approximately late January The vocals in this demo were provided by Bowie and Hutchinson. Hutchinson sang the lead vocals of the "Ground Control section" up until " This is Major Tom to Ground Control When the aforementioned lyric begins, however, the source of the lead vocals switches to Bowie as he continues to provide them for the rest of the song.
It made its vinyl debut in May on a box set titled Clareville Grove Demos. Two even earlier demos of "Space Oddity", including a fragment that may be the first recorded demo of the song, were released for the first time in Aprilon Spying Through a Keyholea vinyl box set. Bowie and Hutchinson recorded another demo version in approximately mid-April On 6 Februarya video for the original February version of the song was filmed and later appeared in the film Love You till Tuesday.
Both videos were directed by Bowie and David Mallet. In MayCanadian astronaut Chris Hadfieldcommander of Expedition 35 to the International Space Stationrecorded a video of the song on the space station which went viral and generated a great deal of media exposure. Hadfield announced the video on his Twitter account, writing, "With deference to the genius of David Bowie, here's Space Oddity, recorded on Station.
A last glimpse of the World. Bowie's publisher granted Hadfield a license to the song for only one year. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article is about the David Bowie song. For Back To Space (RafaEL Remix) - Stereo For Two - Back To Space uses, see Space Oddity disambiguation. This section does not cite any sources. Please help improve this section by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed.
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