On a day like today, in 1973, David Bowie released the single Life On Mars?, song that was part of the album Hunky Dory from 1971.
The song, which was later defined by BBC Radio 2 as “a cross between a Broadway musical and a Salvador Dalí painting,” featured Yes pianist Rick Wakeman.
After being released as a single, it reached third place on the UK charts, where it stayed for 13 weeks.
The song re-entered the rankings 30 years later when used in the television series Life on Mars.
Initially, the song went unnoticed, so it was relaunched in 1973, when Bowie had already created one of his most successful alteregos: Ziggy Stardust, an alien that came to earth to bring a message of hope. It is considered one of the best songs in the history of music.
The origin of Life on Mars?
In 1968, David Bowie took the tune of the French song As per usual by Claude Francois and Jacques Revaux, and wrote the lyrics for Even a fool learns love, which was never published.
Paul Anka bought the rights to the French song and adapted it to write My Way, simple that Frank Sinatra immortalized.
Bowie got the melody playing and went on with the idea of doing his own version.
“The workspace was a large empty room with an armchair, a bargain of art noveau, a huge overflowing ashtray and a grand piano. I started working on the piano and I already had all the lyrics. And I finished the tune in the afternoon, “Bowie told the Daily Mail in 2008.
At the time, Bowie said about her that it was “the reaction of a sensitive girl to the media.”
“I think she is disappointed in reality, although she is living in the exhaustion of reality, they tell her that there is a much better life somewhere, and she is bitterly disappointed that she does not have access to it,” added the artist. Life on Mars? tells us about the story of a girl who wants to escape from her reality and finds a refuge on the movie screen.