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David Bowie: Life on Mars, 1973

Directed By Mick Rock, July 1973.

"Life on Mars?" is a song by David Bowie first released in 1971 on the album Hunky Dory. The song, which BBC Radio 2 later called "a cross between a Broadway musical and a Salvador Dal painting", featured guest piano work by keyboardist and Yes member Rick Wakeman. When released as a single in 1973, it reached #3 in the UK and stayed on the chart for 13 weeks. The song re-entered the UK charts at #55 over 30 years later, largely because of a TV show by the same name that used the song.

In February 1999, Q magazine listed the single as one of the 100 greatest of all time, as voted by the readers. It has continued to chart in the Q 'best of' polls, featuring most recently in 2006 at #45. A BBC Radio 2 poll in 1986 crowned it as the best David Bowie song of all time.

As early as 1974 Barbra Streisand released a version of the song on her album Butterfly. The song has also been covered by Italian artist L'Aura and by pop artist Mig Ayesa and American pop musician Michelle Branch.


David Bowie: Ashes to Ashes, 1980

Bowie in a pierrot costume; Bowie in a padded room; Bowie suspended in a space suit, strung out in heaven's high, hitting an all-time Low...


David Bowie: Space Oddity, 1972

Music video for the David Bowie song, Space Oddity, 1972.

Truly a crossover song from early in his career (the Ziggy Stardust days).