Fantastic Voyage (David Bowie song)

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"Fantastic Voyage"
Song by David Bowie
from the album Lodger
Released18 May 1979
RecordedMountain Studios, Montreux; September 1978; Record Plant Studios, New York City, March 1979
GenreArt rock
Songwriter(s)David Bowie, Brian Eno
Producer(s)David Bowie and Tony Visconti

"Fantastic Voyage" is a song written by David Bowie and Brian Eno for the 1979 album Lodger. It has almost exactly the same chord sequence as "Boys Keep Swinging", from the same album. It has also appeared as the b-side to the "Boys Keep Swinging" and "Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy" singles, and the US edition of "DJ".


Other releases[edit]

The song was released as a picture disc as a part of the Fashions Picture Disc Set.

Live versions[edit]

  • "Fantastic Voyage" was performed for the first time on stage for the Reality Tour in 2003. According to biographer Nicholas Pegg, "It was a good choice politically as well as aesthetically: in the global climate of the Iraq war and its aftermath, the sentiments expressed in 'Fantastic Voyage' had never seemed more appropriate."[1] A November 2003 live performance is included on the A Reality Tour DVD, released in 2004, as well as the A Reality Tour album, released in 2010.
  • It was one of the last songs Bowie performed live on stage before his retirement from live performances in late 2006 (alongside "Changes" and "Wild Is the Wind").[2]

Cover versions[edit]

  • The song was covered and translated to Hebrew by Israeli singer Noam Rotem on his debut solo album in 2004.
  • American indie rock band Shearwater performed a version of the song in May 2016 for The A.V. Club's A.V. Undercover series.[3]


  1. ^ Nicholas Pegg, The complete David Bowie, Reynolds & Hearn, 2006, p.75.
  2. ^ Gilmore, Mikal (2 February 2012), "How Ziggy Stardust Fell to Earth", Rolling Stone magazine (1149): 36–43, 68
  3. ^ Meiburg, Jonathan (13 May 2016). "Shearwater covers the entirety of David Bowie's Lodger". The A.V. Club. Onion, Inc. Retrieved 22 May 2016.

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