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Ashes To Ashes
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Single by David Bowie

Released

8th August 1980

Genre

New Wave

Length

3:35 (7" single edit) 4:23 (Full-length album version)

Label

RCA Records

Ashes to Ashes is a single released by Bowie in 1980. It made #1 in the UK and was the first cut from the Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) album, also a #1 hit. As well as its musical qualities, it is noted for its innovative video, directed by Bowie and David Mallet. The lyrics revisit Bowie's Major Tom character from "Space Oddity", which he referenced once again in 1996 with "Hallo Spaceboy". Bowie has said that with "Ashes to Ashes" he was, "wrapping up the seventies really for myself, and that seemed a good enough epitaph for it".