Apparently astronauts aboard the International Space Station are given a bit of time to relax and pursue their hobbies. Canadian ISS Commander Chris Hadfield used some of his to create this rendition of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity”, complete with appropriately modified lyrics. In case you’re not one of the 16 million people who have already seen this – enjoy. By the way, YouTube is home to other videos by Hadfield with interesting and amusing glimpses into life on the ISS.
The first minute of dancer Franky Manzo’s video for “MJ’s Coursing” might be the only other use of space station footage in a music video. The rest of the video is, shall we say, more earthy.
Bowie originally wrote “Space Oddity” for “Love You Till Tuesday” – a film intended to introduce the once little-known British artist. Below is a clip with the film version of the song. At about the two minute mark this clip features girls floating in outer space some 40 years before Franky.
We’ll end with the well known version of “Space Oddity”, Bowie’s first commercial hit. It was originally released in 1969 around the time of the Apollo 11 moon landing. Looks like “tin can” might have been a metaphor for Bowie’s recording studio.
Harry, tin cans indeed in that vintage video – and I like the part where ground control listens and speaks into the same “device” he is holding (a walkie talkie?)
Still – the song is wonderful.