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Ongoing History of New Music Daily: Major Tom trivia

Here is a great trivia question:  In the David Bowie song “Space Oddity,” exactly who is Major Tom?  He wasn’t a real person, but he was inspired by a scene in the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey

Remember the part where astronaut Frank Poole tries to fix the AE-35 unit that Hal the computer says is malfunctioning?  After Bowie saw the movie, he started thinking about what it might be like to be a doomed spaceman. So he wrote a song about it.

Incidentally, the original “Space Oddity” appeared on the soundtrack of a 1969 film called Love You ‘Til Tuesday.  The version we hear today is a re-recording done about six months later. In fact, it’s not hard to find about half a dozen different versions if you know where to look.

Check out Monday’s on mispressed records. And don’t forget to check out my podcast The Ongoing History of New Music where you listen on SpotifyApple PodcastsGoogleStitcher, or wherever you get your on-demand audio.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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