“This chaos is killing me”
David Bowie's Hallo Spaceboy single is seventeen-years-old today.
Credited to Bowie/Eno, the song was originally released on the 1995 “1. Outside” album.
The track was reworked and produced by the Pet Shop Boys for the single, giving David Bowie a #12 hit in the UK.
The chart placing was no doubt helped by a slew of remixes and various formats, including a pink vinyl 45.
Bowie had this to say of the original album version:
“I adore that track. In my mind, it was like Jim Morrison meets industrial. When I heard it back, I thought, ‘Fuck me. It's like metal Doors,’ It's an extraordinary sound. ”
The Pet Shop Boys diluted that sound somewhat to make Hallo Spaceboy a little more accessible to a wider audience.
Nevertheless, it‘s a wonderful version but if you‘ve not heard it previously, you can make up your own mind here.
And here‘s the original for comparison.