Fantastic Voyage (David Bowie song)

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"Fantastic Voyage"
Song by David Bowie
from the album Lodger
ReleasedMay 18, 1979
RecordedMountain Studios, Montreux; September 1978; Record Plant Studios, New York City, March 1979
GenreArt rock
Length2:55
LabelRCA
Songwriter(s)David Bowie, Brian Eno
Producer(s)David Bowie and Tony Visconti

"Fantastic Voyage" is a song written by David Bowie and Brian Eno for the 1979 album Lodger. It has almost exactly the same chord sequence as "Boys Keep Swinging", from the same album.

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Other releases[edit]

The song was released as a picture disc as a part of the Fashions Picture Disc Set.

Live versions[edit]

  • "Fantastic Voyage" was performed for the first time on stage for the Reality Tour in 2003. According to biographer Nicholas Pegg, "It was a good choice politically as well as aesthetically: in the global climate of the Iraq war and its aftermath, the sentiments expressed in 'Fantastic Voyage' had never seemed more appropriate."[1] A November 2003 live performance is included on the A Reality Tour DVD, released in 2004, as well as the A Reality Tour album, released in 2010.
  • It was one of the last songs Bowie performed live on stage before his retirement from live performances in late 2006 (alongside "Changes" and "Wild Is the Wind").[2]

Cover versions[edit]

  • The song was covered and translated to Hebrew by Israeli singer Noam Rotem on his debut solo album in 2004.
  • American indie rock band Shearwater performed a version of the song in May 2016 for The A.V. Club's A.V. Undercover series.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nicholas Pegg, The complete David Bowie, Reynolds & Hearn, 2006, p.75.
  2. ^ Gilmore, Mikal (2 February 2012), "How Ziggy Stardust Fell to Earth", Rolling Stone magazine (1149): 36–43, 68
  3. ^ Meiburg, Jonathan (May 13, 2016). "Shearwater covers the entirety of David Bowie's Lodger". The A.V. Club. Onion, Inc. Retrieved May 22, 2016.

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