Today circumstances conspired to try to break my posting streak, but fortunately the next song up is another lesser one — even more of a footnote than “Like a Rocket Man,” “Born in a UFO” shares with it a space theme and a general atmosphere of goofiness.
O’Leary cites four references here:
- Bruce Springsteen (obviously in its refrain, but the verse melody also has a pinch of “It’s Hard to Be a Saint In the City“)
- Dylan (“‘there’s no direction home,’ she pleads”)
- Toni Basil’s “Mickey” in the rising keyboard lines (played by Bowie)
- The Earth Boys’ “Space Girl”
And that’s already probably more analysis than this inoffensive but very slight number deserves. This video is pretty half-assed too. Well, punch my ticket and let’s move on.