Space Oddity, written and performed by David Bowie and released as a music single, and opening track of the album David Bowie (also known as Space Oddity) in July 1969. The song is about the launch of Major Tom, a fictional astronaut. Besides its title, which alludes to the film 2001: A Space Odyssey, the introduction to the song is a barely audible instrumental build-up that is analogous to the deep bass tone in Also sprach Zarathustra that is prominently used in the film. The lyrics have also been seen to lampoon the British space programme.
David Bowie– Space Oddity