Life on Mars?: DAVID BOWIE

Life on Mars? is a track on Hunky Dory which entered the Kent album charts on 20 March 1972 and peaked at #39.

David Bowie

David Bowie, Ken Scott

Record label of Australian release:
RCA Victor

Life on Mars? by the English singer-songwriter David Bowie was first released on his 1971 album Hunky Dory. Bowie wrote the song as a parody of Frank Sinatra’s My Way. The backing band included Rick Wakeman on piano.
Life on Mars? is primarily a glam rock ballad, with elements of cabaret and art rock; it has a complex structure that includes chord changes throughout. The lyrics are about a girl who goes to a cinema to escape reality, and includes surreal images that reflect optimism and the effects of Hollywood.
Life on Mars? is considered by commentators as one of Bowie’s greatest songs, and one of the best songs of all time. Critics have praised Bowie’s vocal performance and growth as a songwriter. The song’s title was given to the British television series Life on Mars.
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