“Ashes to Ashes”
About a decade after David Bowie scored his first hit with "Space Oddity," "Ashes to Ashes" also focused on astronaut Major Tom, this time finding him a troubled junkie. The wobbly keyboard riff that serves as the song's hook was produced by putting a grand piano through a device called the Eventide Instant Flanger. In NME, Bowie called "Ashes to Ashes" an "ode to childhood, if you like, a popular nursery rhyme....about spacemen becoming junkies!" He also revealed the lyric about never doing good or bad things reflected "a continuing, returning feeling of inadequacy over what I've done."