This was featured on the first episode of the TV series American Horror Story: Freak Show
, where it was sung by Jessica Lange's character. The series is set in 1952, but used music recorded much later, similarly to how Baz Luhrmann incorporated contemporary tunes into the films Moulin Rouge
and The Great Gatsby
Ryan Murphy, who created the show, says that he looked for music by artists who were oddities themselves, and proud of it. Bowie fit the bill and approved use of the song, as did Fiona Apple, who allowed her song "Criminal
" to be used in the next episode.