Friday, October 22, 2004

David Bowie Heads for Space (and we hope his spaceship knows which way to go)

This article appeared at


DAVID BOWIE's classic hit SPACE ODDITY has been chosen as the first track to be played on the first commercial space trip for tourists.

The 1969 hit has topped a poll to find the ultimate play list for the trips, which are due to start within the next three years.

The songs will be heard on the new three-hour VIRGIN GALACTIC flights which will cost nearly $200,000 (GBP111,100) per person.

Other tracks that made the shuttle's playlist included OASIS' ALL AROUND THE WORLD and HERE COMES THE SUN by THE BEATLES.

As much as I love David Bowie's "Space Oddity," I am surprised that a space mission would use a song about a cowboy being lost in space during its flight. If I were to be floating in a tin can far from the world, I would not want to hear someone singing about losing contact with Earth. Maybe "I Took A Ride On A Gemini Spaceraft" would have been a better choice.

Still, I love that David Bowie is garnering a bigger and more significant role in our culture and history. He is one of the most creative minds of his generation and deserve accolades unending.

Let's hear more Bowie cuts as theme songs!

Congratulations, sailor!

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