Sukierae is the debut album by Tweedy, a side project formed by Jeff Tweedy and his son Spencer. The record was titled after Jeff Tweedy's wife and Spencer's mother Sue "Sukie" Miller, whose fight with cancer during its recording influenced the lyrical content. Jeff Tweedy explained to Uncut magazine: "She called herself Sukie her whole life because ('60s teen idol) Peter Noone's little sister was Sukie Noone, and she was in love with Peter Noone when she was nine."
Although Sukierae was started before Sukie Miller's diagnosis of cancer, many of its songs describe scenes from a long love affair with a hint of melancholy. Jeff Tweedy sings here over an acoustic guitar:
Oh, I've always been certain nearly all of my life One day I would be your burden, and you would be my wife
Tweedy told Uncut: "Well, she's definitely on my mind a lot, always, and especially while writing lyrics for this record. It was hard not to sing to her, and honor this thing that we've maintained, that's so hard to do."
David Bowie's "Space Oddity" tells the story of an astronaut who cuts off communication and floats into space. The BBC used it extensively in their coverage of the 1969 moon landing - an odd choice considering the lyrics.