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David Bowie — Space Oddity
Album: Space Oddity
Avg rating:
8.7

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Total ratings: 3649









Released: 1969
Length: 4:57
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Ground control to Major Tom
Ground control to Major Tom
Take your protein pills and put your helmet on

Ground control to Major Tom (10, 9, 8, 7)
Commencing countdown, engines on (6, 5, 4, 3)
Check ignition, and may God's love be with you (2, 1, liftoff)

This is ground control to Major Tom
You've really made the grade
And the papers want to know whose shirts you wear
Now it's time to leave the capsule if you dare

This is Major Tom to ground control
I'm stepping through the door
And I'm floating in a most peculiar way
And the stars look very different today

For here am I sitting in a tin can
Far above the world
Planet Earth is blue, and there's nothing I can do

Though I'm past 100,000 miles
I'm feeling very still
And I think my spaceship knows which way to go
Tell my wife I love her very much
She knows

Ground control to Major Tom
Your circuit's dead, there's something wrong
Can you hear me, Major Tom?
Can you hear me, Major Tom?
Can you hear me, Major Tom?
Can you

Here am I floating round my tin can
Far above the moon
Planet Earth is blue, and there's nothing I can do
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One of my 64 10 ratings, I wish I could make this one an 11.
 vanillagorilla wrote:
Saw him do it live in Vancouver during the Let's Dance tour and he sat on the edge of the stage and did it with only his acoustic guitar...will remember that forever
 
I was there too! 
Seeing the Tubes and Peter Gabriel was pretty cool too.
 vanillagorilla wrote:
Saw him do it live in Vancouver during the Let's Dance tour and he sat on the edge of the stage and did it with only his acoustic guitar...will remember that forever
 
The Serious Moonlight Tour, supporting the Let's Dance album, was my first as a fan.  So much to remember.  Still in my top 3 concerts ever.
As many times as I've listened to this song, I have a nice set of headphones on, and it's the first time I really listened to the bass on this song.  (Herbie Flowers?). Actually amazing-work!
this is one of the songs to calibrate a solid 10!
 TerryS wrote:

Good import - whatever happened to David Bowman anyway?
 
Didn't he turn into a baby and float out into space towards Earth?
обожаю эту песню! по настоящему фантастична
where is the 11 button!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KaOC9danxNo has another version shot in the space station   great song


 On_The_Beach wrote:
This is Major Tom to ground control
I'm stepping through the door
And I'm floating in a most peculiar way
And the stars look very different today

https://ipnspace.files.wordpress.com/2012/04/2001_space_odyssey_12.jpg

 
Good import - whatever happened to David Bowman anyway?
a special place because this is the first song my son learned to play on the guitar when he was 7. 
Of all the recent music biz deaths in the past year or so... I'm feeling this loss the most right now. What a unique talent.
 vanillagorilla wrote:
Saw him do it live in Vancouver during the Let's Dance tour and he sat on the edge of the stage and did it with only his acoustic guitar...will remember that forever

 
Wow, I can only imagine ! 
 dsz wrote:
{#Frustrated}{#Drunk}{#Beat}{#Sleep}{#Taped-shut} painful painful painful

 
Pfft
{#Frustrated}{#Drunk}{#Beat}{#Sleep}{#Taped-shut} painful painful painful
Saw him do it live in Vancouver during the Let's Dance tour and he sat on the edge of the stage and did it with only his acoustic guitar...will remember that forever
Years ago I was keeping tabs on a Best Songs of All-Time Countdown on a Toronto radio station.  In the States, "Stairway to Heaven" or "Hey Jude" always seemed to take the cake, but in Toronto, it was Space Oddity at #1.  Good for you, Canada.
{#Sunny}
It's the first time for me hearing three times a niner in a row after switching in - a great feeling {#Biggrin}
 coloradojohn wrote:
Remember the first few times you heard this coming over the radiowaves as a kid? well, I still get chills when I think of EVERY TIME...

 
Yep, senior in high school, nothing but sports and females to focus on.  FM was really coming into its own WBCN rocked!
This man gooder at music than me. Holy shit, the bass line... It's all so good.
a ten for sure....
Should I rate this highly because it's a very good tune — or downrate it because I heard it on FM at least 4,267 times, there is nothing new to hear here, and if I were never to f'ing hear it again I would not miss it? 
 
This is Major Tom to ground control
I'm stepping through the door
And I'm floating in a most peculiar way
And the stars look very different today

https://ipnspace.files.wordpress.com/2012/04/2001_space_odyssey_12.jpg

I'll see your 11 and raise you 14 

 

Jota wrote:

11

 

There are songs that "10" doesn't describe: Penny Lane, Money, Satisfaction, Baba O'Reilly - and this one. 
11
Convinced today that a 9 wasn't fair for this song. A 10 from now on.
xnavy:  Good for you.  Lucky dawg!  

Most of the time I am glad that I do not live in the NE seaboard of the USA.  But there are exceptions, times when I do wish I lived there.  So much great art.....

(PS, don't tell my fellow Canadians I just said that.) 

 I SW do this at the Beacon in NYC - It was GREAT

 

westslope wrote:

The best Steven Wilson tribute is found on facebook here.

 Ninet Tayeb is fabulous!

 


 Jota wrote:
A ten.

 
...... at least
A ten.
Maybe the best of the best for David Bowie. It still draws me in even after hearing it hundreds of times.
I salute you Mr Bowie.
The best Steven Wilson tribute is found on facebook here.

 Ninet Tayeb is fabulous!
 Proclivities wrote:

The moon is about 240,000 miles away, so that's about 42% of the distance.  I assume this song was inspired by the Apollo 11 mission, but "million" could have added more drama.

 
"we know major Tom's a junkie"
 coloradojohn wrote:
Remember the first few times you heard this coming over the radiowaves as a kid? well, I still get chills when I think of EVERY TIME...

 
Same here.

Always thought that this was about junk (heroin).  Could be wrong.

Always happy that I do not like opiates.  Bad enough with tobacco, coffee, weed,....  
Remember the first few times you heard this coming over the radiowaves as a kid? well, I still get chills when I think of EVERY TIME...
 Rotterdam wrote:
Geez, how long can this last? Colour me muted. I still find this a stupid song. Hate it.

 
Rotterdam, hmmmmm, far too many d.........  {#Cowboy}
Geez, how long can this last? Colour me muted. I still find this a stupid song. Hate it.
{#Crown}

Forever !
 Stich wrote:
Such a great song, although it would be completely different without Wakeman's keyboard work.
 

 
Imagine how different it would be without DB {#Beat}
{#Hearteyes}
{#Heartkiss}
Such a great song, although it would be completely different without Wakeman's keyboard work.
 
Great artist - crap version. Why play this when so many better versions are available? He's out of tune for half of it. pxd
saw Lady Gaga's Bowie tribute on the Grammys last night
she seemed kind of corny
she did a  dozen songs chopped into pieces 
that's the norm for tributes
but just made for bad TV 
Nile Rodgers sure looked cool
and sounded good
the best part was the beginning
when Gaga's face changed paintings for all the different Bowie characters
Steven Wilson performed this live as a tribute - go check it out.
Piel de gallina ! 10 !
{#Notworthy}{#Daisy}{#Cheers}{#Good-vibes}{#Heartkiss}
This comes on, and you forget he's gone!! Totally surreal.....and still very sad....
so many people I've talked to liked him.... I don't think he will be matched again
SO F'N SAD. R.I.P. MASTER BOWIE!! Thank you for the timeless music. The body may departed but the soul remains.
Rest in Peace Mr. Bowie. Glad I was ale to see you in concert at the Exhibition Stadium, Toronot in summer 83 or so.
RIP, sir! {#Cheers}

(Would you believe this was released in 1969?) Wow!
 Ydesign wrote:
Sad loss...

always loved loved. the double vocals on this one. 

I will no doubt get abused for my comment....
anything up to and including heroes is great, anything after is just a bit pants? 
 
I thought the one-two punch of Heathen/Reality was pretty amazing so late in his career, long after most of his contemporaries were doing the nostalgia casino circuit, or worse. Bowie was the shit, from start to finish. We'll never see the likes of him again.
Sad loss...

always loved loved. the double vocals on this one. 

I will no doubt get abused for my comment....
anything up to and including heroes is great, anything after is just a bit pants? 
Very sad to lose Mr. Bowie.  Much too young.  Will schedule my lung X Ray today.   
RIP, Mr. Bowie. You're immortal now.
This is why Natalie Merchant's cover is a zero.


Spent yesterday in mourning, sorry to see this artist leave this earth.  Once again RIP Mr Bowie
Nothing other than godlike is appropriate I feel......
OH NOOOOOOOO!! 
 scrubbrush wrote:


Then Rocket Man, by Sir Elton...or is that too obvious?

 
After the Gold Rush? By that Neil guy...

Somehow, I always have a time for this song, regardless, whenever and wherever, I stop and listen …

It is definitely my lifetime song…  


 Proclivities wrote:

The moon is about 240,000 miles away, so that's about 42% of the distance.  I assume this song was inspired by the Apollo 11 mission, but "million" could have added more drama.

 
Sometimes we need to put a piece of imagination when we listen good music . Imagine that you are 100 thousand miles far away from the earth. It's not a drama? Planet earth is blue and there's nothing I can do doesn't tell you something? If he can view the blue of the earth makes obvious that he isn't in the Andromeda galaxy. Think about it. 
 kingart wrote:
100 THOUSAND miles is not very far at all in space distance. That's about, or less than, 4 orbits.  100 MILLION would make more sense.  

 
The moon is about 240,000 miles away, so that's about 42% of the distance.  I assume this song was inspired by the Apollo 11 mission, but "million" could have added more drama.
Simply awesome....love to hear it everytime
Have a listen this earlier Bowie version:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D67kmFzSh_o

This goes to show how differently an idea can be executed by the same artist. This older version is delivered with more of a casual lovey pop feel to it, and none of the punkish rockish edge in the recording we all know. It's not material for a great hit.

As for the video — I have to say all the literal-isms make me smile. From "put your helmet on", to Major Tom wearing "Major Tom" in large lettering, to the blue filter right on cue with the lyric "planet Earth is blue". Incredibly, we kept our appetite for the literal in our music videos well into the 80's.
 
Wikipedia:"On 12 May 2013, after handing over command of the International Space Station,but before returning home, Chris Hadfield released a music video recorded on the ISS of a modified rendition of "Space Oddity" by David Bowie. The video has over 25 million views on YouTube. The performance was the subject of a piece by Glenn Fleishman in The Economist on 22 May 2013 analyzing the legal implications of publicly performing a copyrighted work of music while in earth orbit." 
I always thought that this was one of the most silly-*ssed song ever written and I still think so. So there you have it, a minority of 1.

11 Punkte

gruß an NANA


Outstanding.... whenever I hear it!  :-)
100 THOUSAND miles is not very far at all in space distance. That's about, or less than, 4 orbits.  100 MILLION would make more sense.  
Bowie - Space Oddity - his first hit, from 1969! I love it!  This started it all for me.
one of my favorite song, perfect match with the movie also The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
I get that this is important, but that doesn't make it any less inessential. Don't mind hearing it on the radio, but there's a million tracks I would choose to play first (many of them by Bowie) if I was making the playlist
Genius song. 
 
I just visited the only exhibition anywhere ( in the US) of 'David Bowie Is' at the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art yesterday. Without any expectations, I was mightily impressed. To anyone who is within a reasonable distance of Chicago, I suggest you get there while it is still running. It was evident that other visitors were also positively affected. I confess to being rather unimpressed with him back in the Ziggy Stardust era, but over time his work has won me over. The show traces his career in artifacts, stage outfits, interviews, lots of video of performances, etc. (very like the R&R Hall). What might be a stilted presentation is absolutely not. They even have his coke spoon from the low point in his career, lovingly(?) displayed.
planet earth is blue and there's nothing I can do...


still true today! 
 ........what was I thinking?  I had only scored this as a 9 !!   .......    its a masterpiece .....over-rated?? .....never!    {#Cheers}
 skooba wrote:
How about Major Tom by Peter Schilling next?  {#Motor}

 

Then Rocket Man, by Sir Elton...or is that too obvious?
OMG,..so beautiful.  Thanks for playing this one.
Right place at the right time!
Boy, they just don't make 'm like that anymore, do they.

Edit:

I see that others have had this exact same sentiment! So much for independent thought.
How about Major Tom by Peter Schilling next?  {#Motor}
Thankful for Bowie and other ground breakers. They've made my life much better.
 cmarcan wrote:

CAN WE SAY OVER RATED! {#Stop}

...and overplayed. 



 
No we can't, sorry xx
I read somewhere where Rick Wakeman said this was one of his best and favorite performances. Every time I hear it now I listen to the synths.
iconic stuff
First song I heard on my first FM radio. Very pleassnt memories. Listen to and love a lot of Bowie, but this song is my sentimental favorite. 
 logic wrote:
When is that cover by Chris Hadfield going to make it into the playlist?

 
When he starts vocal training and stops "improving" the lyrics? (Don't get me wrong, I respect the man's astronautical achievements, but the hype around the video went a bit over the top.)

How cool to be on a message board with guys who were around the locales that Bowie frequented in pre-stardom days, one of whom actually performed at an open mike he attended/organized.

Bowie 
lives mostly in my town now but sadly I haven't run into him in that kind of a setting {#Jump} although being about 15 feet from the stage in an intimate setting in 2002 was very cool.


 
southcoastsounds wrote:
I knew David when he lived near Beckenham, South London  (I'm talking about before he became famous).  He and some mates used to run an open-mike night at the Three Tuns pub and I used to go along with my guitar (hey, David Bowie heard me sing!).  One night he brought along the just-recorded version of Space Oddity.  We never saw him again after that week!

Poacher wrote:
 
 
Fantastic! Another reason I love it here at RP - you never know what might come up in these forums. I used to hang out in and around the area at that time too although I never met him but occasionally drank in the Three Tuns. I remember soon as this was released everybody was getting Bowie hair cuts - both boys and girls - and just about everybody young turned onto his music and look. It was so different and wild at the time and he was breaking new ground unlike anyone had ever seen or heard.  
{#Daisy} 9  ........ amazing song from one of the UK's best loved pensioners
Eee lad they don't mek em like this anymore (add Yorkshire accent)
When this hit, Bowie had no reputation to ride on. He was minor RnB singer wasn't he. No theatrics, no costume changes. It was all built on this. 

I say all this for no particular reason.  
When is that cover by Chris Hadfield going to make it into the playlist?
this is one of those songs I get conflicted about rating, great song but still overplayed (not necessarily here) to the point that I don't want to hear it, so I want to rate it low.....    decisions, decisions....   OK, I'll wait till I hear it again to give it a rating.
 oldfart48 wrote:


nope there are more of us who think bowie is a phoney.

 
No there are not!
You should take a guitar, and try to play "Rock'n'roll suicide", "Drive-In saturday" or "Ashes to ashes" and you will see how much Bowie's music is brilliant.
oldfart48 wrote:


nope there are more of us who think bowie is a phoney.

 


I would rather listen to fingers on a chalkboard.....
 Really great.. ...thanks

Mozart wrote:
I prefer the ISS astronaut version...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KaOC9danxNo&feature=player_embedded

 


No one wants to know what kind of shirts I wear.
Got Bowie fatigue here.
 cmarcan wrote:

CAN WE SAY OVER RATED! {#Stop}

...and overplayed. 



 
You may, but I would not.
 southcoastsounds wrote:
I knew David when he lived near Beckenham, South London  (I'm talking about before he became famous).  He and some mates used to run an open-mike night at the Three Tuns pub and I used to go along with my guitar (hey, David Bowie heard me sing!).  One night he brought along the just-recorded version of Space Oddity.  We never saw him again after that week!
 
Fantastic! Another reason I love it here at RP - you never know what might come up in these forums. I used to hang out in and around the area at that time too although I never met him but occasionally drank in the Three Tuns. I remember soon as this was released everybody was getting Bowie hair cuts - both boys and girls - and just about everybody young turned onto his music and look. It was so different and wild at the time and he was breaking new ground unlike anyone had ever seen or heard.  
Sounds like "Sentimental." :-)
 southcoastsounds wrote:
I knew David when he lived near Beckenham, South London  (I'm talking about before he became famous).  He and some mates used to run an open-mike night at the Three Tuns pub and I used to go along with my guitar (hey, David Bowie heard me sing!).  One night he brought along the just-recorded version of Space Oddity.  We never saw him again after that week!

 
Too Cool....




 funkyalfonso wrote:
I think it is interesting that Radio 1 in the U.K. announced it would be playing this number in a week's time on it's release. I waited impatiently only to hear that as there was a ' space shot ' that day the powers-that-be decided it was innapropriate to do so. Why? I could understand if it was because ' they knew that Major Tom's a junkie. '

 
wait...what?
I think it is interesting that Radio 1 in the U.K. announced it would be playing this number in a week's time on it's release. I waited impatiently only to hear that as there was a ' space shot ' that day the powers-that-be decided it was innapropriate to do so. Why? I could understand if it was because ' they knew that Major Tom's a junkie. '
I prefer the ISS astronaut version...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KaOC9danxNo&feature=player_embedded
This song takes me back in time, great song!
Most excellent, Sir! {#Cheers}
 cmarcan wrote:

CAN WE SAY OVER RATED! {#Stop}

...and overplayed. 

 
8.6 from the RP listeners says not, I'm afraid. It's just you.
 Toke wrote:
OOOOOOOOooooo Bill that was right below the belt.. A blatent Foul... was in the bath and couldn't get to the ''OFF'' button..
 
British Tabloid headline:    UK football fan found black and blue in his bathtub.  Apparently he was beaten up by a streaming music DJ working in California. 
Overrated, maybe, but .... 1969! This is NOT what anyone else was doing in 1969.
I knew David when he lived near Beckenham, South London  (I'm talking about before he became famous).  He and some mates used to run an open-mike night at the Three Tuns pub and I used to go along with my guitar (hey, David Bowie heard me sing!).  One night he brought along the just-recorded version of Space Oddity.  We never saw him again after that week!

CAN WE SAY OVER RATED! {#Stop}

...and overplayed. 


Rediscovering Bowie is great!!!

I would rewrite the percussion bits....

 

Otherwise, can it get more iconic?


 WonderLizard wrote:
Years ago when Bowie was going through his "thin white duke" guise, he was on Cavett. The interview was a disaster with Bowie walking off in a huff. The next guest was some esteemed British actor, whose name I forget. He sits down and says to Cavett, "Remarkable young man. I didn't know whether to shake his hand or feed him a cube of sugar."
 
You made me look!!  Found (the Bowie interview at least, not the comments from the actor — though I didn't see Bowie storm off in a huff.  Was there another interview w/Cavett?) on YouTube in 2 parts here and here.  What a blast....