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David Bowie: The original 'Space Oddity' Part 2

David Bowie shared its title with his now-forgotten first album, and that might have been a mistake. So might a sleeve that barely hinted at the topicality, or even the success, of its best-known song, and instead concentrated on the vaguely pop-art inflected folkie hippy that was Bowie’s latest public persona. There was an astronaut amid the tangle of hand-drawn doodling sprayed across the rear sleeve, but there was also a Pierrot, a weeping woman, a joint and a tangle of other imagery.

Friends size up ‘Space Oddity’

From the start, David Bowie regarded the song “Space Oddity” with confidence. He played a demo to The Who’s Pete Townshend, who gave it the thumbs up, and so did Marc Bolan, a longtime friend whose word, Bowie seemed to believe, was gospel.

David Bowie: The original 'Space Oddity' Part 1

Man took his first step onto the surface of the moon 40 years ago, and David Bowie made his first giant leap towards stardom. “Space Oddity” became one of the biggest and most distinctive hits of the summer of 1969, and although it would be another three years before Bowie ever scaled such heights again, still it remains one of the best loved songs of his entire career.