#1003: 1971, David Bowie, Life On Mars?

by Charlie_East_West on March 24, 2015

Welcome to the next song within our shortlist of fantastic songs that have yet to be included into our pantheon of songs to learn and sing.

Quite frankly, it is a bit of a disgrace that we have not included David Bowie’s Life On Mars?. The song comes from Bowie’s wonderful Hunky Dory album which was released in 1971.

This is an absolutely brilliant song and probably could not have been dreamt up by anyone other than a genius like David Bowie. BBC Radio 2 later called Life On Mars? “a cross between a Broadway musical and a Salvador Dalí painting” and even featured some stellar piano playing from Rick Wakeman.

The meaning of the lyrics have been discussed at length over the years, but Bowie, at the time of Hunky Dory’s release in 1971, decribed Life On Mars? as “A sensitive young girl’s reaction to the media”.

Life On Mars? is dramatic, theatrical and typically Bowie. It is a work of art, and finally gets deserved recognition within our own musical pantheon.

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