Midweek Music Moment: Life on Mars

One of my favourite David Bowie songs is his wonderfully melancholy ballad, ‘Life On Mars’.

Originally released on his 1971 ‘Hunky Dory’ album, it was later released as single and topped the UK charts in 1973 where it stayed at number 3 for 13 weeks.

 

David Bowie in 1971.

 

By the end of 1972, Ziggy Stardust was in full swing.

By the end of 1972, Ziggy Stardust was in full swing.

 

Although the original music video shows Bowie at his glam-peak, I prefer this more stripped down, dramatic version from 2011.

 

 

Chances are good that you’ve heard ‘Life on Mars’ over the years, but did you know that it’s a love song?

Inspired by a failed romance with dancer, Hermione Farthingale, she was ‘the girl with the mousy brown hair’ and Bowie’s first serious relationship.

 

Frankel left Bowie in 1969 to shoot the film ‘Song of Norway’, and by 1970 Bowie had met and married 19 year old Angie.

 

Although incomplete, my current favourite cover of ‘Life on Mars’ is this subtle rendition from Coldplay’s Chris Martin:

 

 

And here’s a close second from Aussie, Sarah Blasko:

 

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