Space Oddity, the song that basically summarises the plot of George Clooney’s character in Gravity. You know. In a roundabout way. Sort of.
The song doesn’t really get into the swing of things until Ground Control are talking to Major Tom around the minute and a half mark, but once it gets there, it really goes for it. It’s got punch, it’s got style, it’s got story and at the end of the day, that’s what the masses want, right?
It also poses a sort of existential crisis for Major Tom who, as he discusses his being within a tin can, and the speed that he travels, with it piloting for him, contemplates whether he is really doing something for scientific discovery. That’s what I take from the tin can comment – to him, it’s just a load of metal and wires, but for the world, especially back in 1969 when the song came out, it would have made him the most important man of the day, for science and human endeavour. Even more distressing, then, when he ends up floating into space beyond anyone’s control and being lost from communications.
But enough about that.
The strings work very well in this song, building up at the start with the pre-flight checklist, whilst the countdown and blastoff sounds really help to set the whole thing off nicely.