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Apollo 11 Moon Landing - David Bowie's Space Oddity

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Published on Apr 15, 2012

David Bowie released this song in the same month and year of the Apollo 11 landing upon earth's moon. The song is about the launch of astronaut Major Tom into space and the failed space trip that left Major Tom lost in space forever. The BBC requested that Space Oddity be played in the background of their coverage for the Apollo 11 landing on July 20 that same year. Bowie had great hesitations, worried that if the moon landing failed while paired with his song about similar circumstances he would never reach comercial success due to his ties to the tragedy. Never the less, he allowed the BBC to dub it in the background, marking this song as historic in the minds of all those that were watching.

What I've done here is very similar to what I did in my posted Contortionist video. I have taken the footage of the launch and landing and placed Space Oddity on top of it. I have not edited the footage or audio; the perfect timing of the music and video are coincidental. Enjoy seeing this as if you were a british citizen in 1969.

  • Category

  • Song

  • Artist

    • David Bowie
  • Album

    • Platinum Collection
  • Writers

    • David Bowie
  • Licensed to YouTube by

    • SME, WMG (on behalf of PLG UK Catalog); EMI Music Publishing, ASCAP, UBEM, ARESA, and 14 Music Rights Societies

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