"Space Oddity" is a song written and performed by David Bowie and released as a music single in July 1969. It was also the opening track of the album David Bowie (also known as Space Oddity). The song is about the launch of Major Tom, a fictional astronaut. Besides its title, which alludes to the film 2001: A Space Odyssey, the introduction to the song is a barely audible instrumental build-up that is analogous to the deep bass tone in Also sprach Zarathustra that is prominently used in the film. The lyrics have also been seen to lampoon the British space programme.
The song was awarded the 1969 Ivor Novello Award, together with Peter Sarstedt's "Where Do You Go To (My Lovely)?". It was Bowie's first UK Top 5 hit. "Space Oddity" became so well known that Bowie's second album, originally released as David Bowie in the UK (like his first album), was renamed after the track for its re-recorded 1972 issue by RCA Records, and became known by this name. Upon the release of the re-recorded version in 1975, the song was Bowie's first UK No. 1 single.
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