gretchening: Cover art for Stars Are Out Tonight, a creepy black-eyed sculptured alien/androgynous bust in black and white (Bowie Alien)
[personal profile] gretchening
Okay can we talk about the new David Bowie video??? [personal profile] turtlesoup sent me the link, thank goodness, and now I AM HERE TO HAVE FLAILINGS.

Cover art for Stars Are Out Tonight, a creepy black-eyed sculptured alien/androgynous bust in black and white



From the strangeness, the not-quite-normal of their normalcy... the broken window of the house, the carpeting that's just a little too electric blue (like Swinton's eyeliner), the dead tree... the hairless woman Bowie from Man Who Fell To Earth on the cover of the magazine, which is called 'Pantheon', a bit unusual for a tabloid rag...And that's just the opening credits.

The lyrics about fear of celebrity...the disjointed movement such a hallmark of Bowie videos in the 90s (Hello Spaceboy <3 <3 <3)... Bowie's former selves as androgyne models, the specter of haunting, the seduction and literal ghosting effect of the lens, the final replacement and becoming strange, all of them turning finally to stare at/through us (as the stars do behind their shades in the lyrics)...his alternate universe 'nice' life with Tilda who LOOKS LIKE HIM.

If I had more time before work I'd try to talk about the androgyny, the ways he's deploying gender and normalcy and celebrity, but... damn. That scene where Tilda cuts the raw chicken on the table and he just sits there, frozen...wow. Ugh I love it. I'm going to watch it twelve more times.

Date: 2013-02-28 05:54 pm (UTC)
turtlesoup: Jareth the Goblin King makes Sarah an offer. (derivative work - fangirl things)
From: [personal profile] turtlesoup
Dude, the "hairless woman" on the magazine is David from The Man Who Fell To Earth! The headline is about an alien living next door. :D

Ugh, yes, all of this, I have thoughts but they're too jumbled with excitement at present and also I should work. Later maybe!

David. Not-typical. Bowie. <3

Date: 2013-02-28 06:37 pm (UTC)
turtlesoup: a confused girl wakes up in a bed in a dark room, hooked to some kind of machine (where? - transition - confusion)
From: [personal profile] turtlesoup
Especially since the 'vocalist'/young Bowie next door is modeled on the Thomas Jerome Newton/Thin White Duke era, with that red swept-back hair ...

The strange genderbent succubi do tend to be paired with themes of alienation, unknowableness, terrifying transformation ... IDK, I guess I fall somewhere into the spectrum of "omg scary want it anyway." I find the very hauntingness compelling in a way that is anything but negative. The song itself is so ambivalent ("we will never be rid of these stars, but I hope they live forever").

Date: 2013-02-28 07:27 pm (UTC)
bibliofile: Fan & papers in a stack (from my own photo) (Default)
From: [personal profile] bibliofile
This sounds too cool. I'm so glad that Bowie, despite his seeming ordinariness in some parts regular life (as opposed to dressing glam all the time, say) still plays with these ideas in his art.

and because it's Bowie...

Date: 2013-02-28 07:28 pm (UTC)
bibliofile: Fan & papers in a stack (from my own photo) (Default)
From: [personal profile] bibliofile
...the art is also pretty damn good.

p.s. I adore Tilda Swinton

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