Astronaut Chris Hadfield Reveals What David Bowie Thought About his Extra-Terrestrial 'Space Oddity' Cover

There must be an easier way to get noticed by your favourite musician.

Canadian astronaut and glam rock cover star Chris Hadfeild sat down for a short Wired video running down the 13 moments that changed his life. Naturally, high on the list was having his viral performance of “Space Oddity” noticed by Ziggy Stardust himself, David Bowie.

Hadfield explains that it was his internet-savvy son who initially prompted him to cover the song, explaining that he was initially resistant to the idea.

“Space Oddity is about an astronaut dying in space,’ he recalls telling him. “I don’t want to sing that – I’m living up here!”

But, after some changes to the lyrics, he eventually decided to do it, strapping the camera to the space station wall and singing along to a recording he made on his iPad.

He remembers that the video went out the day he landed back on earth, and, by the time he landed, there were over 7 million views.

“For me, the best part was that Bowie loved it,” he says, giddily. “He said it was maybe the most poignant version of the song ever done.”

While he never got the chance to meet Bowie, who died in 2016, he still said that he was “delighted” to hear he enjoyed it.

To hear Hadfield talk Bowie, and his long journey to space, watch the full video below.


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