David Bowie - Space Oddity

David Bowie - Space Oddity

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David Bowie (commonly known as Space Oddity is the second studio album by English musician David Bowie. After the commercial failure of his 1967 self-titled debut album, Bowie acquired a new manager, Kenneth Pitt, who commissioned a promotional film in hopes of widening his audience. For the film, Bowie wrote a new song, "Space Oddity", a tale about a fictional astronaut. The song earned Bowie a contract with Mercury Records, who agreed to finance production of a new album, with Pitt hiring Tony Visconti to produce. Due to his dislike of "Space Oddity", Visconti appointed engineer Gus Dudgeon to produce a re-recording for release as a single.

Recording for the new album began in June 1969 and continued until early October, taking place at Trident Studios in London. It featured an array of collaborators, including Herbie Flowers, Rick Wakeman, Terry Cox and the band Junior's Eyes. Departing from the music hall style of his 1967 debut, the record instead features songs influenced by folk rock and psychedelic rock. Lyrically, the songs contain themes that were influenced by numerous events happening in Bowie's life at the time, including former relationships and festivals he attended. Released as a single in July, "Space Oddity" peaked at No. 5 in the UK later in the year, earning Bowie his first commercial hit.