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“Major Tom (Völlig Losgelöst)”Peter Schilling

Jim has never been the world's biggest David Bowie fan, but he does love many of Bowie's less pretentious imitators. Neue Deutsche Welle artist Peter Schilling went so far as to write a synthpop response to Bowie's 1969 classic "Space Oddity," continuing the adventures of that song's Major Tom character. "Major Tom (Völlig Losgelöst)" reached the top of the charts in Germany in 1983, and the English-language version went on to become an international hit. It's now featured as the theme song to the new TV series Deutschland 83. Jim loves both the show and the song, so Major Tom now makes his home in the Desert Island Jukebox.

Go to episode 504

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“Moonhead”Pink Floyd

In honor of the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 landing on the moon, Jim honors his space-obsessed five year old self by playing Pink Floyd's "Moonhead." He recalls watching the landing on television as a child, but admits only hearing this song recently- despite decades of Pink Floyd fandom. The improvised track was never included on a Pink Floyd album- it was performed live on the BBC during the Apollo 11 mission. As Jim points out,“The Floyd”were far from superstars at this point. Dark Side of The Moon was still years off in the future. But in the UK they did enjoy cult renown as an interesting outfit obsessed with space thanks to songs like "Astronomy Domine," "Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun" and "Interstellar Overdrive." Ultimately, there's good reason“Moonhead”didn't become better known- the 12-minute instrumental was upstaged by David Bowie's "Space Oddity," which premiered on the same BBC program.

Go to episode 713
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Google Music entered the music-streaming fray this week with its new“All Access”service for Android. The world's top search engine is touting All Access as a combination of the best features of Pandora and Spotify. It offers curated“radio”stations alongside millions of tracks users can stream across devices. And Google is hoping users will pony up for that kind of access: unlike its competitors, Google's service will not offer a free option.

Forget the Desert Island - what music would you take to outer space? This week Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield made news by covering David Bowie's "Space Oddity" from the International Space Station. This isn't the first time rock has blasted into orbit. Last year Jim covered the auction of Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell's space mixtape, which featured tunes by Creedence Clearwater Revival and Marvin Gaye. So what tracks would Jim and Greg want to jam to in zero gravity? Greg picks Sun Ra's "Calling Planet Earth," whereas Jim sticks with a classic, The Beatles' "Here Comes the Sun."

Go to episode 390