Major Tom (Coming Home)

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"Major Tom (Coming Home)"
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Single by Peter Schilling
from the album Error in the System
ReleasedJanuary 3, 1983 (West Germany)[discuss]
September 24, 1983 (USA)
Format
Recorded1983[discuss]
GenreNeue Deutsche Welle, new wave, synthpop, space rock
Length
  • 4:33 (German edit)
  • 5:00 (English version)
  • 8:02 (extended version)
Label
Songwriter(s)
  • Peter Schilling
  • David Harland Lodge
Producer(s)
Peter Schilling singles chronology
"Fehler Im System"
(1982)
"Major Tom (Coming Home)"
(1983)
"Terra Titanic"
(1984)

"Major Tom (Coming Home)" (German: Major Tom [völlig losgelöst], 'Major Tom [completely detached]') is a song by singer Peter Schilling from his album Error in the System. With a character unofficially related to "Major Tom", the protagonist of David Bowie's 1969 song "Space Oddity", the song is about the character being caught in an accident in space.[citation needed]

The song was originally recorded in German and released in West Germany on January 3, 1983. It reached No. 1 in Austria, Switzerland, and West Germany. The English version was first released in the United States on September 24, 1983. It reached No. 1 in Canada, No. 4 in South Africa and peaked at No. 14 on the US Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart the week of December 24, 1983.[1] The English-language version of the song also reached No. 2 on the dance chart in the US.[2]

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".

Charts[edit]

Chart (1983) Peak
position
Australia (Kent Music Report)[3] 57
Austrian Singles Chart 1
Canadian Singles Chart[4] 1
Dutch Singles Chart[5] 2
French Singles Chart 2
German Singles Chart 1
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[6] 13
South African Chart 4
Swiss Singles Chart 1
Irish Singles Chart 22
UK Singles Chart[7] 42
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 14
U.S. Cash Box Top 100[8] 10

Use in film and television[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Major Tom (Coming Home)" by Peter Schilling (Hot 100) – Billboard.
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 228.
  3. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  4. ^ "Collectionscanada.gc.ca". Retrieved 27 August 2018.
  5. ^ Top 40 Hit dossier 1956-2001 ISBN 90-257-3349-2
  6. ^ "charts.nz Peter Schilling "Major Tom (Coming Home)"" (ASP). Hung Medien. Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. Retrieved 14 May 2017.
  7. ^ "OfficialCharts.com". Retrieved 14 May 2017.
  8. ^ "CASH BOX Top 100 Singles – Week ending JANUARY 14, 1984". Archived from the original on 1 October 2012. Retrieved 2017-08-20.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link). Cash Box magazine.
  9. ^ Greene, Eric Kohn,Steve (30 December 2013). "'The Past,' 'The Unknown Known' and 'The Selfish Giant' Join Ten Others on Updated List of Best-Reviewed 2013 Films Among Criticwire Members". Retrieved 27 August 2018.