Spaceman

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About Spaceman

"Spaceman" is a song by the British rock band Babylon Zoo, released in January 1996 as the lead single from their debut album, The Boy with the X-Ray Eyes (1996). Featuring heavily distorted guitars and metallic, robotic sounding vocals, it entered the UK Singles Chart at number one on 21 January 1996, after being featured in a popular Levi's jeans television advertisement in December 1995. "Spaceman" was the seventh song to reach number one in the UK after being featured in an advert for Levi's.  


Year:
1996
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Spaceman
I always wanted you to go
Into Spaceman (Intergalactic Christ)
Spaceman
I always wanted you to go
Into Spaceman (Intergalactic Christ)

Pungent smells
They consummate my home
Beyond the black horizon
Trying to take control
See my girl
She shivers in her bones
The sun and zenith rising
Trying to take us all

There's a fire between us
So where is your god
There's a fire between us
I can't get off the carousel
I can't get off the carousel
I can't get off the carousel
I can't get off this world

This sickening taste
Homophobic jokes
Images of fascist votes
Beam me up
Cause I can't breath

Spaceman
I always wanted you to go
Into Spaceman

It's time to terminate
The great wide world
Morbid fascinations
Television takes control
Decimation different races fall
Electronic information
Tampers with your soul

There's a fire between us
So where is your god
There's a fire between us
I can't get off the carousel
I fall off this world

This sickening taste
Homophobic jokes
Images of fascist votes
Beam me up
Cause I can't breath

Spaceman
I always wanted you to go
Into Spaceman (Intergalactic Christ)
Spaceman
I always wanted you to go
Into Spaceman (Intergalactic Christ)
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Spaceman
Spaceman
Spaceman

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Babylon Zoo

Babylon Zoo were a British rock band of the mid-1990s from Wolverhampton, England, fronted by Jas Mann. They were best known for the song "Spaceman", which on its release on 21 January 1996, went straight to #1 on the UK Singles Chart, selling 418,000 copies in the first week of release. more »

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Written by: Jasbinder Mann Singh

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14 facts about this song

Song Origin
"Spaceman" is a song by the British rock band Babylon Zoo, which originated in Wolverhampton, England.
Album Association
This tune was released as the lead single from the band's debut album, "The Boy with the X-Ray Eyes," in 1996.
Record Breaking Hit
"Spaceman" broke records by selling 418,000 copies in the first week of release in the UK, making it the fastest-selling debut single ever at the time.
Chart Rankings
It went straight to number one on the UK Singles Chart and stayed there for five consecutive weeks.
International Recognition
Besides being popular in the UK, the song also topped the charts in many countries including Belgium, Finland, Ireland, New Zealand, and Spain.
Levi's Commercial
The song gained early exposure when its release was preceded by a Levi's jeans TV commercial in late 1995, which featured only the song's chorus with high-pitched distorted vocals.
Song Editions
The original track was over five minutes long, but was edited down for radio and the Levi's advertisement.
Controversy
Despite its initial chart success, "Spaceman" has been criticized over the years, with NME listing it at number 35 in their list of the "50 Worst Music Videos Ever."
Band's Future
Despite the huge success of "Spaceman," Babylon Zoo failed to replicate it with future singles and albums, causing a struggle with chart successes.
Unique Style
The song and its associated album mixed a variety of music styles, including hard rock, electronic, and symphonic, which made it distinct at the time.
Parodied Version
"Spaceman" was parodied by British comedian Bill Bailey in his stand-up show Part Troll, where he performed his version of the song in the style of Chris de Burgh.
Theme & Lyrics
The song's lyrics reportedly allude to space, isolation, and struggles with society.
Notable Samples
A sample from "Spaceman" was used by Dizzee Rascal in his 2009 song "Dirty Cash."
Vinyl Release
"Spaceman" was also released as a limited edition 7" vinyl single with a unique picture sleeve.

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