16th Jul 2011
| ||Life On Mars was Bowie's third Top 10 single with extra-terrestrial connections, after Space Oddity and Starman.|
This single is something of an oddity in the Bowie catalogue. First off, it was an LP track from 1971, but not released as a single until 1973. Also, when it finally did come out, its catalogue number was way out of sequence; it was number RCA 2316, and released two months AFTER Drive-In Saturday, which was RCA 2352. Nevertheless, it did as well as Drive-In Saturday (which was from his then most recent LP, Aladdin Sane).
I also notice the absence of a matrix number like those on earlier RCA singles. Didn't Drive-In Saturday have one of those, CGBS 1248, wasn't it? In that case, why didn't this one have one?