David Bowie Space Oddity
Bowie’s first big hit is seriously cool and a song that you need in your repertoire
The song that ‘launched’ Bowie’s superstar career was first released in February 1969, just 10 days before NASA put a man on the moon. After an almost immediate T GR 298. song book. fig 01. musx split with his first record company, Bowie File re-recordedDate: 18:59 the 13/09/2017song with a host of top-flight session musicians Page 1 of 1 (including Rick Wakeman, later of Yes) Notes: and it was re-released in July the same year. Interestingly, BBC airplay was delayed until the Apollo 11 crew had returned safely to Earth.
Although this track is drenched in the effects of its day, it also sounds great on just acoustic guitar. There are quite a few chords to learn but most of these are easy open chords. The two guitar solos should present no problems, apart from the nippy lick in Example 4, bar 2. If you find this a little too demanding, simply repeat the lick from bar 2 of Example 3.