Hackskeptic’s 500 Greatest Songs: David Bowie – Starman

163 – David Bowie – Starman (1972)
Written by David Bowie
Produced by David Bowie & Ken Scott
Label – RCA

There’s many U.K. based critics and fans that will tell you that popular music changed on July 6th 1972, when David performed “Starman” on Top Of The Pops. A skinny, confident upstart in a multicoloured jump suit belting out a classic song about alien saviours, with a melody that was vaguely reminiscent of “Somewhere Over The Rainbow”. Bowie himself had laboured for three years following his 1969 hit “Space Oddity” without much success. “Starman” was his moment; this was his breakthrough. If I’d have been around, I feel sure I would have been swept up and joined the swelling throng of adulation for his genius.


16 responses to “Hackskeptic’s 500 Greatest Songs: David Bowie – Starman

  1. Strangely, I am underwhelmed by this track, it’s OK, but nowhere near even Bowie’s top 50 for me. I think it’s buoyed by the hype of the punk generation to be greater than the sum of its parts. I’m so so glad it was such an influence, without it there would have been no Siouxsie and the Banshees, and I can’t imagine such a world. It’s mid table glam, nice enough.

  2. Pretty much like the Fab Four, it’s all terrific, all part of our life’s soundtrack. I’m glad you haven’t said your last on the subject of Mr Bowie

  3. I never made that Somewhere Over The Rainbow connection before! Probably why I was drawn to this song even when I wasn’t familiar with much of Bowie’s work.

    • Bowie was always heavily influenced by songs from the movies, and if you sing the chorus in your mind you can probably pick out “…over the rainbow”.

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