NASA’s rover Perseverance landed on Mars yesterday and, as it did so, NASA celebrated its sixth successful landing by playing a version of David Bowie’s Life on Mars – very appropriate – by Yungblud.
Dominic Richard Harrison (1997 – ), known professionally as Yungblud, is an English singer, songwriter and actor. In 2018, he released his debut EP, Yungblud, followed by the full-length album 21st Century Liability. The following year, Yungblud released another EP, The Underrated Youth. His sophomore album, Weird!, was released in late 2020 and peaked atop the UK Albums Chart, and reached number 75 on the US Billboard 200. [Life on] Mars is a track from this album.
Life on Mars? was written by English singer-songwriter David Bowie (1947 – 2016), first released on his 1971 album Hunky Dory, and later released in 1973 as a single. The song has cryptic lyrics by Bowie and prominent piano by Rick Wakeman. As a single, “Life on Mars?” reached number three in the UK Singles Chart and stayed on the chart for 13 weeks.
A 2016 mix of “Life on Mars?” appeared on the compilation album Legacy (The Very Best of David Bowie) and was again released as a single. The mix, by its original producer Ken Scott, is ‘stripped down’ and has only strings, piano and Bowie’s vocals. A special music video to promote the compilation was also released, the original director Mick Rock re-cutting his 1973 video, using out-takes and other documentary sources to create a new version.