One Song/Three Versions – Space Oddity

In the same way as I had not planned a Bowie post but felt compelled to do one, I had no intention of doing another one, at least not for a while. Then yesterday I heard “Heroes” by Peter Gabriel and thought I’d find one other version. But there weren’t any I was crazy about. Fortunately. Because I found a couple of goodies on Space Oddity:

According to the brief write-up on YouTube, this is “the Originale (sic) 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.” But what’s cool is it’s a different recording than we’re used to. And great, cheesy special effects!

You may recall that in 2013, Commander Chris Hadfield recorded a version from the International Space Station, minus the “lost in space” ending. If you’re thinking, gee, not a bad voice for an astronaut, turns out he has sung before, even having collaborated with fellow Canadians Barnaked Ladies. And his brother Dave is a singer/songwriter. I think this is super-cool:

Per Wikipedia: Thomas Zwijsenis is a Dutch/Belgian classical acoustic and Heavy Metal guitarist. He is known for his arrangements of Iron Maiden (and a selection of other artists’) songs for classical guitar.

His playing here brings out the inherent beauty of the song:


2 thoughts on “One Song/Three Versions – Space Oddity

  1. I’ve not gotten a chance to listen to these music selections on your post until today. I was really happy to finally hear Chris Hadfield’s version of Bowie’s “Space Oddity”. When I heard an Astronaut sang “Space Oddity” from a space station, for some reason, I wasn’t interested in listening to it. It just sounded gimmicky to me. Well, I just love his version. Maybe it is because it matches his environment so well. His singing is really good (thanks for the update of his musical background) but the visuals are just outstanding. I really appreciate the song so much more. I think that out of all three versions of the song, this version, for me, really caught the spirit of “Space Oddity”.


    1. Yeah I think it’s really, really cool too. Overall my favorite is Bowie’s most well-known version. But I’m really digging the guitar one and would love to learn that, even if only a modified version.


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