“Life on Mars?” is often considered one of the true masterpieces of David Bowie‘s career. After an initial release in 1971 as part of the Hunky Dory album, the song was re-released as a single in 1973 at the height of the Ziggy Stardust era. BBC Radio described the song as “a cross between a Broadway musical and a Salvador Dalí painting“.
Today this song has literally gone to new heights. On February 6, 2018 the maiden flight of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket carried Elon Musk’s personal Tesla Roadster and a mannequin affectionately named Starman into space. “Life on Mars?” was played on loop on the car’s sound system as it goes on its own journey into outer space.
If you’re a huge fan of the song, remarked for having “one of the strangest lyrics ever” consisting of a “slew of surreal images” like a Salvador Dalí painting, test your memory and see if you can complete the lyrics!