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“Space Oddity”/ “Rocket Man” Mashup

I came across this clever mashup of Bowie’s “Space Oddity” and Elton John’s “Rocket Man.” What this is is mostly Elton John’s vocals set against Bowie’s instrumentals. Clever, but not perfect. At points, the instrumentals for “Rocket Man” blur in, which I think detract from the stunt’s main conceit. That said, in that John’s words work relatively well into Bowie’s song structure is further evidence, as if any was needed, that “Rocket Man” is a ripoff of “Space Oddity.”

So, I’ve made this point before, however I always follow it by acknowledging that despite being highly derivative, “Rocket Man” is nevertheless a great song. Actually both it and “Space Oddity” are better pieces of music than this gag, but I thought it was worth posting and hearing. Point made.

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