Actually, there’s nothing special about them, at all. Hadfield used weightless conditions inside the space station and panoramic views of earth as a backdrop for the video.
He plays a pretty mean guitar and sings as well. The video was recorded on the space station and edited on earth by Evan Hadfield and Andrew Tidby.
Joe Corcoran produced and mixed the music with a piano accompaniment by Emm Gryner. Indeed, the video has high production values.
Hatfield, who will travel back to earth on today (May 13) in a Russian Soyuz spacecraft, tailored some of the lyrics of the song to fit his own situation. Bowie recorded the song in 1969 after being inspired by the movie “2001: A Space Odyssey.”
The song’s main character Major Tom, who is launched into space and goes off course. He hurtles into deep space and certain death while he’s hailed as a hero back on earth and dutifully commercialized. Major Tom also surfaces in Bowie songs “Ashes to Ashes” and “Hallo Spaceboy.”
Hatfield’s version isn’t quite so dire. There are stunning shots of earth viewed through the portholes of the space station. Hatfield is also weightless in several shots and his guitar floats seemingly magically through the craft’s cabin.
The video opens with the mustachioed Hatfield in a red tee-shirt, sitting against windows that look out on the earth spinning below. In the opening refrain he sings: “Lock your Soyuz hatch and put your helmet on,” a departure from Bowie’s original lyrics.