"Velvet Goldmine" is a song written by David Bowie and recorded during the The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars sessions in 1971. However, it did not make it to the album and was eventually released as the B-side to the UK rerelease of "Space Oddity" in 1975. Bowie originally wrote the song as a description of him making out with another man. Social pressures, combined with an only-half-hearted interest in the material, resulted in Bowie rewriting the song to be slightly more ambiguous. The song title inspired the name of the film Velvet Goldmine. Despite being originally only released as a B-side, this song has become very popular amongst fans and has been released on several "best of" compilations.