Long ago (last week), if you would have told me that covering “Umbrella” on an acoustic guitar was enough to get you views online, I would have believed you. That is until Chris Hadfield dropped, quite literally, from space and screwed everything up.
The cover song game on YouTube changed the moment Hadfield, commander of Expedition 35 on the International Space Station, released the above cover of David Bowie’s space-rock anthem “Space Oddity,” which he recorded while in zero gravity space.
Hadfield essentially did to the cover song industry on YouTube what 2 Live Crew did to conservatives when they released 1989’s “As Nasty As They Wanna Be,” which is to say, blow people’s minds.
The spaceman/now YouTube legend is headed back to Earth soon as he recently handed the ISS’s reigns over to Commander Pavel Vinogradov of Expedition 36.
Also, that mustache. This guy has got life figured out.