80s Song of the Day: Ashes to Ashes by David Bowie

Ashes to ashes, funk to funky
We know Major Tom’s a junkie

ashes to ashes

Ashes to Ashes by David Bowie was released on August 8, 1980, with Move On as the B side. It was a single from the album Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps).

The song, which revisits the Major Tom character from Bowie’s 1969 track Space Oddity, was a No. 1 hit in the United Kingdom and a Top 10 hit in several other countries, including Australia, New Zealand, Germany, and Ireland.

Watch the music video for the song, which at the time was the most expensive music video ever made.


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