17 Comments (since 14 Mar 2013)
I'm not sure 'where' I first heard this, but 'when' was during 1969, the year of its more popular release (I was not at all aware at the time of the first recording in 1967, nor the accompanying video now so widely-viewed on YouTube and other media sources).
What I do remember is sitting in the Fifth Form 'common room' during break at school, soaking up the rich orchestral arrangement and the extremely avant garde (or so I felt) style of composition and performance, delivered through the single speaker of the Dansette turntable sat in the corner.
My brother had one of the Rolf Harris-promoted 'Stylophones' used on the record (they still sell today - I bought him one, complete with new sound settings and USB slot, for Christmas the other year), so this was a further linking point from a purely personal perspective. As to the record, I need say very little more - it speaks for itself. Number 5 in the UK, number 124 (what!) in the USA - though subsequent re-releases would fare better in the States.
Still one of my favourite Bowie tracks.
And very nice the Stylo was too. Great to be playing one again. Still going strong. ;)
@ken1 Has to be the Daddy of them all personally, as I had no prior knowledge of Mr Jones whatsoever until this record hit the scene. Without this, who knows if he would have enjoyed the following success that he has done?
@comedyjam You're welcome! :D
Timeless...never tire of hearing this one
Timeless is the perfect description. Great great tune
Your comments add a rich personal note and make your jam more fun to listen to ...
A huge favourite - I can remember singing this word for word to some sparrows in my garden at the age of about 6/7 (captive audience). Probably my first 'loved' single due to lyrics.
Oh and this will be a jam of my own at some point. Bliss.
this is my jam!
Oh come on, this was my jam before all of you were born. (HipsterJoke)
Brilliant...just love this one!!