Hold up though, who's this at the end? A new arrival in Gene Hunt's purgatory? Does that keep the door open, just a crack, for maybe more to come? Oh Lordy no, surely not, they said this really was the end. I don't think I want to look, in case it's me Ashes to Ashes. Ashes to Ashes ends and everything becomes less clear. Instead of a hippie astronaut who casually slips the bonds of a crass and material world to journey beyond the stars, the song describes Major Tom as a "junkie, strung out in heaven's high, hitting an all-time low".
This lyric was interpreted as a play on the title of Bowie's album Low , which charted his withdrawal inwards following his drug excesses in America a short time before, another reversal of Major Tom's original withdrawal "outwards" or towards space.
The final lines, "My mother said, to get things done, you'd better not mess with Major Tom", have been compared to the verse from a nursery rhyme: . Bowie himself said in an interview with NME shortly after the single's release, "It really is an ode to childhood, if you like, a popular nursery rhyme.
It's about space men becoming junkies laughs. In the US, the single peaked at No. Writing in Smash Hits , reviewer Deanne Pearson remarked that it was a "strange choice for a single" and "should have been left in the middle of an album", concluding that as a single it was "not a hit". The music video for "Ashes to Ashes", directed by Bowie and David Mallet , was one of the most iconic of the s.
The video featured Bowie in the gaudy Pierrot costume that became the dominant visual representation of his Scary Monsters phase. Also appearing were Steve Strange and other members of the London Blitz scene, including Judith Frankland who also designed clothes for Strange's Visage videos  and Darla Jane Gilroy , forerunners of later participants in the New Romantic movement that was heavily influenced by Bowie's music and image.
Bowie described the shot of himself and the Blitz Kids marching towards the camera in front of a bulldozer as symbolising "oncoming violence". Contrary to popular belief, the elderly woman lecturing Bowie at the end of the clip was not his real mother. Record Mirror readers voted "Ashes to Ashes" and Bowie's next single, " Fashion ", the best music videos of The stage set from the music video is also used for the song Space Oddity as shown on the Kenny Everett Show in Bowie would later use the same method of putting the video together, including storyboarding the visuals, for his video for " Day-In Day-Out ".
It was my first real big attempt and it won awards at the time for being a new way of doing videos. All tracks written by David Bowie. There have long been rumours of an extended unreleased version of the song, allegedly some 13 minutes long and featuring additional verses, a longer fade-out and a synthesiser solo.
The Ashes Shall Rise was a fake, repeating the song's instrumental breaks to achieve its additional length. Episode List. Plot Summary. Plot Keywords. Parents Guide. External Sites. User Reviews. User Ratings. External Reviews. Metacritic Reviews. Photo Gallery. Trailers and Videos. Crazy Credits. Alternate Versions. Rate This. Episode Guide. Creators: Matthew Graham , Ashley Pharoah. Added to Watchlist. Top-Rated Episodes S3. Error: please try again.
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