When the world was saddened by his passing on January 10, 2016, millions probably played this song to remember Major Tom. I was one of the people who played the song that night. But I wondered if his fans would find the song sounded "very different" "on the day he died." I wasn't part of his fandom then but the song still got me, with its hauntingly beautiful melody and lyrics.
This is Major Tom to Ground Control 湯姆少校呼叫控制中心
I'm stepping through the door 我要踏出艙門了
And I'm floating 我用再奇妙不過的方式
in a most peculiar way 飄浮在太空之中
And the stars look very different today 而今天的星星看起來非常不一樣
“It was picked up by the British television, and used as the background music for the landing itself. I'm sure they really weren't listening to the lyric at all (laughs). "
"It wasn't a pleasant thing to juxtapose against a moon landing. Of course, I was overjoyed that they did. Obviously, some BBC official said, 'Oh, right then, that space song, Major Tom, blah blah blah, that'll be great.' 'Um, but he gets stranded in space, sir.' Nobody had the heart to tell the producer that.”
-- Bowie on Space Oddity, 2003
Written and released in 1969, Space Oddity was Bowie’s first hit in the UK chart and one of his most well-known songs around the world. The song was inspired by Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, and it was never about moon landing, as Bowie said himself. Judging from his whole body of work, Bowie was never that kind of artist who would write something to celebrate the “glory” of space missions.
Apart from being released as a single, it was also the opening track of his second album David Bowie. But the album didn’t get much attention despite success of the song. In 1972, after Bowie (or Ziggy?) became a larger-than-life alien rock star, the album was reissued and renamed after “Space Oddity.”
除了以單曲發行之外，〈Space Oddity〉也是他第二張專輯《David Bowie》的第一首曲子；不過這張專輯並沒有因為〈Space Oddity〉的成功而得到關注。等到1972年鮑伊（或說Ziggy?）以外星搖滾明星之姿席捲英國之後，這張專輯又重新發行，更名為《Space Oddity》。
This album is quite different from the glam rock Bowie that people are more familiar with. Just picture Bowie in hippie style singing folk rock, playing acoustic guitar, then you’ll get the idea.