Space oddity (the name of the song)

Space oddity (the name of the song)

Joined: April 21st, 2013, 1:22 pm

March 29th, 2018, 7:57 am #1

I was wondering if the name of the song "Space oddity" is hampering its sales and the sales of albums it is on. 

A person who is not a big fan of Bowie may look through song lists and compilation albums looking for the song about an astronaut, possibly looking for a song with Major Tom in the title.

Anyway, today I asked my wife (who has been listening to Bowie for around quarter of a century) what the name of the song is that was playing on my Cracked actor album. It was Space oddity, but she had no idea that is what it was called, even though she knows it very well.

What chance do normal people have of finding it? I think the song should be renamed "Space oddity (Major Tom)".
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March 30th, 2018, 11:23 pm #2

I was at a dinner with one of my cousins last night and he was showing me a music app on his phone that has access to unlimited songs. He asked me to name a song so he could demonstrate. I said anything by David Bowie. He said ok and proceeded to look for "Ground control"!
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March 31st, 2018, 1:54 pm #3

It likely doesn't help that an inspired song, Major Tom (Coming Home) became a hit in the 80's..
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March 31st, 2018, 11:04 pm #4

NorseSwagger wrote: It likely doesn't help that an inspired song, Major Tom (Coming Home) became a hit in the 80's..
From what I recall that was a big hit around the time of the Serious Moonlight concerts when Bowie inherited a huge number of new fans. I suppose a lot of them would have been looking for Major Tom and ended up buying Major Tom (Coming Home).
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April 6th, 2018, 4:52 pm #5

I think if we were having this conversation in 1969, it maybe a bit more relevant BUT I don't think its title hampered sales ever, no...As has been well catalogued, it was a play on the film 2001 a space odyssey which had inspired Bowie to write it - particularly the isolation that film created. The single has sold hundreds of 1000's (his first UK number one on its 3rd release in 1975) and that doesn't include the downloads.

RCA re-titled the "David Bowie" LP Space Oddity because this was the most recognised track when they bought the rights. So, in answer to your question I believe the song is not hampered commercially by it's title in any shape or form. I also feel ,unlike many others, that it wasn't a track bolted on at the start of a totally different (in feel) LP. 
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April 6th, 2018, 6:16 pm #6

Markmywurdz wrote:I also feel ,unlike many others, that it wasn't a track bolted on at the start of a totally different (in feel) LP. 
Me too - it fits perfectly.  
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April 7th, 2018, 4:20 pm #7

There is a new film about the making of the Space Oddity video called "Moonwalkers" starring Ron Pearlman. It's a beaut!
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