Major Tom (Coming Home)
|"Major Tom (Coming Home)"|
|Single by Peter Schilling|
|from the album Error in the System|
|Genre||Neue Deutsche Welle, new wave, synthpop, space rock|
|Length||4:33 (German edit)
5:00 (English Version)
8:02 (Extended Version)
|Label||Elektra (United States)
WEA Records (Germany)
|Producer(s)||Armin Sabol, Peter Schilling|
|Peter Schilling singles chronology|
"Major Tom (Coming Home)" (German: Major Tom (völlig losgelöst), translation: "Major Tom (totally disconnected)"), is a song by singer Peter Schilling from his album Error in the System. With a character unofficially related to "Major Tom", the theme of David Bowie's 1969 album Space Oddity, the song is about the character being caught in an accident in space.
The song was originally recorded in German, and released in West Germany on January 3, 1983. It reached #1 in West Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The English version was first released in the United States on September 24, 1983. It reached #1 in Canada, #14 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart in late 1983, and #4 in South Africa. The English-language version of the song also reached number two on the dance chart in the U.S.
In 1994, Schilling made and released a remixed version along with Bomm Bastic, titled "Major Tom 94". Another remix was released in 2000, titled "Major Tom 2000", and yet another in 2003 titled "Major Tom 2003".
|Austrian Singles Chart||1|
|Canadian Singles Chart||1|
|Dutch Singles Chart||2|
|French Singles Chart||2|
|German Singles Chart||1|
|South African Chart||4|
|Swiss Singles Chart||1|
|UK Singles Chart||42|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||14|
|U.S. Cashbox Top 100||10|
- In 1983, the Belgian musician Plastic Bertrand recorded a cover with a variation on Schilling's lyrics.
- In 2001, the band Dealership recorded a cover of "Major Tom (Coming Home)". The track has been posted on the band's web site, but has not been released on an album.
- In 2004, the Dutch punk band Travoltas covered the song for their "Highschool Reunion" album.
- In 2005, the band Fenix TX released a live cover of the song for their album Purple Reign in Blood.
- In 2007, Hilary Duff sampled it on her Dignity Tour, during the performance of Never Stop.
- In 2007, the band I Hate Kate released a cover of the song for their album Embrace the Curse, which did not feature the full lyrics.
- In 2007, the band The Contact released a well-received cover of the song for their album "Canvas Tears".
- MxPx recorded a version of the song, releasing it as an iTunes bonus track for their On the Cover II album.
- Chicago-based Canasta recorded a version of the song as a free download track.
- In 2009, Shiny Toy Guns recorded a cover of the song that was featured in a 2010 Lincoln MKZ commercial. It was later released as a single and on the remix album Girls Le Disko.
- Chiasm (Emileigh Rohn) included a cover version on her 2009 album Apple Island.
- William Shatner included a cover on the 2011 album Seeking Major Tom.
- In a 2011 episode of the acclaimed AMC crime drama series Breaking Bad, a homemade karaoke DVD of the character Gale Boetticher singing this song is found by the Albuquerque Police Department.
- In 2012, the band Face to Face released a cover version of the song on their single for "All for Nothing".
- In, 2013 German band Callejon released its fifth album with a metal cover version of the song.
- In 2013, the synthpop band Apoptygma Berzerk released its Major Tom EP, containing a cover version of the song along with remixes.
- In 2013, the song was featured in the independent film I Used to Be Darker.
- In 2013, the Dutch dance formation Wrong Plane released a cover in the German language called "Raumschiff" at Hamburger label Tunnel Records.
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