Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Peter Schilling - "Major Tom (Coming Home)"
(Debuted September 24, 1983, Peaked #14, 21 Weeks on the Chart)
In the early 1970s, there was a David Bowie song called "Space Oddity" that told the story of Major Tom, and astronaut who cuts off his communication with Earth and floats off into space. More than a decade later, Peter Schilling revisited the concept, although it appears this time Major Tom appeared to be the victim of an accident. However, for those of us who were too young to know about the Bowie song, "Major Tom" was an interesting concept for a generation who was enthralled by the original Star Wars trilogy.
Science fiction was an interest to German-born Peter Schilling, who included the topic in many of his songs. Originally sung and recorded in his native language, the song was rewritten with English lyrics for its international chart runs.