Does watching David Bowie sit, strum a guitar, and stare menacingly into the camera for the better part of 3 minutes and 9 seconds sound like your idea of a good time? Well, it better, because I don’t want to know the person who answers no to that question. In stark contrast to the macabre religiously-themed visuals from the second music video off his new album, “Valentine’s Day” is pretty much just a video, rife with gun imagery, of a casually dressed David singing in a dungeon looking creepy as hell. It’s an appropriate and tasteful tribute to the song’s sensitive subject matter — the lyrics were inspired by the February 14, 2008 massacre at Northern Illinois University.
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Today in things that are perfect: a recently unearthed recording of David Bowie and the late, great Freddie Mercury singing the Queen song “Under Pressure,” without a backing track, their amazing voices isolated for your enjoyment. I got chills. [Huffington Post]
Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield has been entertaining and educating all of us here on Earth with awesome YouTube videos and tweets during his five-month stay aboard the International Space Station. He returns to Earth today, but he made sure to leave us with a bittersweet farewell that is also the first music video ever recorded in space. As he tweeted yesterday: “With deference to the genius of David Bowie, here’s Space Oddity, recorded on Station. A last glimpse of the World.” [YouTube]
David Bowie gets what David Bowie wants, and if that means having Marion Cotillard and Gary Oldman star in his latest music video, then by God, that’s what’s going to happen. The Thin White Duke is at it again with this impressive video for the titular track from The Next Day, which you probably shouldn’t watch at work. There’s a couple of boobs in there. Also, Marion as church whore is my new style muse. [Vulture]
What’s your favorite iteration of David Bowie? There’s been about a zillion of the: Thin White Duke, Ziggy Stardust. The “Ashes to Ashes” harlequin clown. That Weird Wizard/Goblin From “Labyrinth.” In any case, you can try out all of Bowie’s varied personalities via this awesome David Bowie Paper Doll drawing. Dress your Bowie up and take him out on the town — to the German cinema, or a hedonistic discoteque, or perhaps to an aristocrat’s lawn party (Thin White Duke loooooves that shit). Take your pick! (Larger image after the jump.) [This Isn't Happiness] Keep reading »
In a busy Morrissey-filled week, sometimes important Morrissey Watch news items slip through the cracks. Like Morrissey’s burgeoning feud with David Bowie. It seems Bowie wasn’t too keen on Mozzer using a previously unreleased photograph of the two of them for the cover of the reissue of “Last of the International Playboys.” We’re sure Morrissey is writing a passel of scathing songs about it, and in the meantime, The Boy With A Thorn In His Side created an alternative album cover. This one features Moz-sticks posing with unlikely friend Rick Astley. May the never gonna give up each other’s deep affection. [Pitchfork]
Do you like androgyny? David Bowie? Tilda Swinton? Then you’re going to love this new Bowie video featuring all that and more. The incomparable Tilda and David star as a settled older couple who are rocked by their young, androgynous David Bowie Motherfucker neighbor. “The Stars (Are Out Tonight),” directed by Floria Sigismondi, takes a poke at the idea of Bowie as the aging, settled rock star. David, Tilda, we will love you forever. [YouTube]
Glamorous supermodel Kate Moss does the androgynous thing on the latest cover of Vogue Paris, where she evokes a Ziggy Stardust-era David Bowie. Moss is pretty hot, and Bowie’s not too bad either, so the combination of the two on one cover is pretty powerful.
I absolutely love karaoking David Bowie songs. “Life on Mars” ranks highly, but nothing is quite amazing as “Space Oddity.” And now an illustrator named Andrew Kolb has made a picture book of the iconic song. And it’s awesome! The story of Major Tom is available in PDF form now, but if there’s enough demand Kolb will make a printed book. If he does, it will replace Goodnight Moon as the baby gift I always get for friends. Because planet earth is blue and there’s nothing I can do. [Laughing Squid] Keep reading »
This amazing decal of David Bowie as the Goblin King instantly transforms a lowly Macbook into a magical scene from the “The Labyrinth,” aka The Best Movie Ever. Ideally it would come with a separate decal depicting that legendary codpiece, but hey, this is a great start. [$23, Stickerman] Keep reading »