Song of the Week: Major Tom

I’m sure you’ve heard the car commercials: Major Tom: Shiny Toy Guns.

It’s a cover of a song by Peter Schilling released in 1983. I prefer the original to the Shiny remake. Here’s an English version: Major Tom: Peter Shilling (extended version in English).

But to really experience the music, you’ve got to see this live performance from German public television – sort of Bowie meets Devo, but without any irony. God, I miss the eighties.

Wierd cosmic coincidence #1: Schilling’s song was inspired by David Bowie’s “Space Oddity,” which was recorded 40 years ago this month and released to coincide with the Apollo 11 moon mission.

Wierd cosmic coincidence: Bowie’s son Duncan Jones directed his first feature film, “Moon” a scifi film out in limited release this weekend. Here’s an interview with Jones. Here’s the trailer for the film:

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