Official music video for the track Space Oddity by David Bowie.
'Space Oddity' was UK singer-songwriter David Bowie's first big hit, the title track from his 1969 album 'David Bowie' (aka. Space Oddity). Written by Bowie and produced by Gus Dudgeon, the single was rush-released, once a producer had been found for it, in July 1969, so that it coincided with the Apollo 11 moon landing which took place just days later.
David Bowie wrote the lyrics after seeing '2001: A Space Odyssey', a sci-fi film from 1968. The title eludes to this, but is not mentioned in the song, which tells the story of a fictional astronaut, Major Tom. The lines "Ground control this is Major Tom, I'm stepping through the door... Ground control to major Tom, your circuits dead, there's something wrong" clearly went unnoticed by the BBC however. They used the song as part of their coverage for the moon landing that month, despite the lyrics being about him cutting himself off fom the ship and floating into space.
The video features 'alien' and 'techno' sounds and images of space control signals and equiptment, all completely new ideas at the time of releas. A young Bowie sits, playing the guitar and singing, with much of th focus being on his face. The song reached #3 in the UK charts in 1969, before hitting #1 upon being re-released twelve years later.