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Monday
May132013

Canadian Astronaut Covers David Bowie's "Space Oddity," Shoots Video for Tune in Outer Space

Photo: Jimmy KingCanadian astronaut Chris Hadfield was the commander of the most recent expedition of the International Space Station, and he also happens to be an accomplished musician.  In honor of the end of his mission on Monday, Hadfield debuted a rendition of the David Bowie classic "Space Oddity," along with an accompanying video filmed during his time in space.

Chris' version of the tune features lyrics revised to reflect his own experiences on his expedition.  As for the video, it shows Hadfield floating around different areas of the space station, as well as some awe-inspiring views of the Earth through the windows of the craft.

While Chris recorded vocals and acoustic guitar for the song while in space, he had some musical collaborators back on Earth who helped him complete it.  Canadian singer/songwriter Emm Gryner, who's a one-time member of Bowie's backing band, played piano and Joe Corcoran produced the track and added additional instrumentation.  Gryner reveals in a blog post that she and Corcoran also incorporated sounds from the International Space Station that Hadfield had put on Soundcloud.

Bowie's official website also acknowledged Hadfield's efforts, posting details about the tune and video while namechecking David's 1996 song "Hallo Spaceboy."

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