Major Tom cover version — official free download available

You’ve likely heard it in the Lin­coln MKZ com­mer­cials, but last night I finally paid atten­tion to the ad and listened… and heard this awe­some ver­sion inbetwixt shows. So obvi­ously I had to find it some­where.

After scour­ing Google videos and all, I’d finally resigned myself to hav­ing to listen to it through this track.

Then, good friend and über-track­er-out­door-dude Ranger Bob found the offi­cial down­load of Shiny Toy Guns cov­er ver­sion of Peter Shilling’s Major Tom (Com­ing Home).

Update: Embed­ding the flash play­er ver­sion here for instant listen­ing grat­i­fic­a­tion.

Give it a listen, then check out the ori­gin­al in the Peter Shil­ling You­Tube videos. Who wins? I like the new one 🙂

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12 Replies to “Major Tom cover version — official free download available”

  1. This doesn’t sound right to my ear.
    I think the song in the com­mer­cial is Cat Power cov­er­ing Space Oddity, which I can’t find as a full ver­sion online.

  2. It’s the right ver­sion. I think they likely com­pressed the audio, or did fur­ther bling enhance­ments to the t.v. com­mer­cial one though.

    On my 46th play of it now… and will likely listen to it in the Jeep all the way out to Marsden, SK today.

    After 100 plays.. it will just go into my offi­cial MP3 folder called ‘Jeep Mix’ for the sum­mer when the top comes off. =)

    1. @Ranger Bob: Thanks for the in depth ana­lys­is of the audio on that. I heard the TV ver­sion again and yeah, maybe com­pres­sion or some oth­er swooshy audio effect, as you say.

      Um, you only star­ted listen­ing to it yes­ter­day, and you’ve already clocked up 46 plays? If that were a 45 the grooves would be pokin’ through the oth­er side by now 🙂

    1. @Jeff: My pleas­ure. PVR’s are very cool…as long as you have the time to watch all the stuff they record! That’s my biggest prob­lem. As for keep­ing up, I think you’re doing fine esp. since you already KNEW that Cat Power did a Major Tom Lin­coln com­mer­cial. 🙂

  3. Shiny! I like the com­mer­cials, and I like the “Major Tom” cov­er, though I think I’m still par­tial to Peter Schilling’s inflec­tions. How­ever, if the ques­tion, “What one-hit won­der was recently covered by Shiny Toy Guns for a Lin­coln com­mer­cial?” comes up at trivia night, I’ll now have the answer, thanks to you. 🙂

  4. Hi Kath­ar­ine,

    I too am par­tial to Peter Schilling’s ver­sion. Actu­ally I like them both. This new Shiny Toy Guns ver­sion for the ‘pop’ feel; Schilling’s for the more ‘dra­mat­ic’ present­a­tion.

    I must check out more of STG from the library…see what they’re about.

  5. The Peter Schilling ver­sion will always have a spe­cial place with me. But I must say I LOVE this ver­sion. I’ve been look­ing for this song ever since I heard it… I’ve lit­er­ally looked EVERYWHERE. I even went as far as I scan through You­tube without find­ing it. Then I just came across this, finally got it and had to post. I can’t thank you enough for post­ing this! Thank you!! =)

  6. Hi Sis­ter Uli­cia, I’m happy to help. I thought it was a cool ver­sion too and since I had prob­lems find­ing it (until Ranger Bob helped out) I thought I’d try and make it more access­ible.

  7. —– Ori­gin­al Mes­sage —–
    From: Lance Taylor
    To: Amer­ica Rob
    Sent: Fri­day, April 24, 2009 7:21 PM
    Sub­ject: Re: Major Tom

    Yer right, Cat Power won’t release it. So, Shiny New Toys is it.

    —– Ori­gin­al Mes­sage —–
    From: Amer­ica Rob
    To: Lance Taylor
    Sent: Wed­nes­day, April 22, 2009 6:26 PM
    Sub­ject: Major Tom

    I dare you to find a bet­ter ver­sion.

    Cat power, Major Tom.

    Too bad she didn’t release it.


    Watch quick before it dis­ap­pears.

  8. Too bad, it too is a cool ver­sion of the tune. Per­son­ally I prefer the Shiny Toy Guns ver­sion, but it’s always nice to have options 🙂

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