|David Bowie 1969|
It was 1969 and David Bowie just knew he had a hit in the making with his latest song, Space Oddity. After several years of struggling to get noticed, having to change his name after the creepy little guys from the Monkees stole it and more or less just not having the mainstream audience "get" him, he had the right song.
The only issue though, was how to present himself when he sang it.
Should he present his new song as a nice normal, long haired hippie guy?
No, maybe that's wasn't it, there were after all a million long haired guys out there with their shirt open to the belly, and really that just wasn't David.
So maybe he should go just the opposite route and go for complete geekdom.
Bad haircut, thick glasses, that sort of thing.
Well maybe that would work, but honestly, just going out there and acting weird might not be enough.
Then it hit him, if he was going to sing about a spaceman, then just maybe it would work better if Bowie WAS the spaceman.
And what do you know, that version was the one that worked.