"Ashes to Ashes" is a single by David Bowie, released in 1980. It made #1 in the UK and was the first cut from the Scary Monsters album, also a #1 hit. As well as its musical qualities, it is noted for its innovative video, directed by Bowie and David Mallet. The lyrics revisit Bowie's Major Tom character from "Space Oddity", which he referenced once again in 1996 with "Hallo Spaceboy". Bowie has said that with "Ashes to Ashes" he was, "wrapping up the seventies really for myself, and that seemed a good enough epitaph for it". .