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Bee Gees influence on David Bowie`s Space Oddity !


Released on the Philips label 45 years ago ,July 11, 1969, it was described by Melody Maker’s Chris Welch as a “Bee Geeian piece of music and poetry,” while Disc And Music Echo’s Penny Valentine noted how “Mr. Bowie sounds like the Bee Gees on their best record – New York Mining Disaster”. Like "New York Mining Disaster 1941", "Space Oddity" is about a trapped man who is doomed to die, and the song is similarly structured as a series of statements addressed to another person. "Space Oddity was a Bee Gees type song," Bowie’s colleague John "Hutch" Hutchinson has said. "David knew it, and he said so at the time, the way he sang it, it’s a Bee Gees thing." As Marc Bolan explained: "I remember David playing me 'Space Oddity' in his room and I loved it and he said he needed a sound like the Bee Gees, who were very big then". Here`s the original video of " Space Oddity"

R.I.P David Bowie


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“New York Mining Disaster 1941 (Have You Seen My Wife, Mr. Jones)”
Written by Barry and Robin Gibb (1967)
Performed by Bee Gees


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