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Starman: Versions of a good thing

Bowie wrote and sang the classic, but have you heard the covers?


Regardless of how you interpret it, Starman is still as fresh almost 40 years after it was first written. Ziggy Stardust is telling the young people on earth about the Starman’s message of hope. So the Starman is an alien. The song itself has been interpreted as the second coming of Christ to a loose script for the Spielberg film “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”.

The chorus is loosely based on Harold Arlen‘s “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” from the film The Wizard of Oz. Other influences cited for the track are the T. Rex songs “Telegram Sam” and “Hot Love” (the “boogie” references and “la la la” chorus) and Holland–Dozier–Holland‘s “You Keep Me Hangin’ On

Either way, here’s some bad ass renditions of the song itself.