Major Tom is a fictional astronaut created by David Bowie, heard in his songs “Space Oddity”, “Ashes to Ashes”, and “Hallo Spaceboy” (particularly in the remix by the Pet Shop Boys). Bowie’s own interpretation of the character evolved throu
ghout his career. 1969’s “Space Oddity” depicts an astronaut who casually slips the bonds of the world to journey beyond the stars. In the 1980 song “Ashes to Ashes,” Bowie reinterprets Major Tom as an oblique autobiographical symbol for himself. Major Tom is described as a “junkie, strung out in heavens high, hitting an all-time low”. This lyric was interpreted as a play on the title of Bowie’s 1977 album Low, which charted his withdrawal following his drug abuse in America. A short time later, there is another reversal of Major Tom’s original withdrawal, turning ‘outwards’ or towards space.
Behold… the Originale music video for the David Bowie song Space Oddity from Bowie’s promotional film, ‘Love You Till Tuesday’, originally released in 1969 and re-released on dvd. I’m very proud to be able to share this rare, unique and ‘odd’ version of the video and song itself, as I think it’s the only one on the whole internet. So, enjoy this piece of film space gold and vintage anti-special effects.
David Bowie – Ashes To Ashes (HQ 1080p HD Upscale)
I actually knew a girl who was present when this was shot (long story)!