Looking Back Author: velveeta jonesDate:01/31/2016 15:46:49
I was going to write something inspiring, but then I forgot what it was. I guess it wasn't that inspiring after all.
Instead I'll post some of my favorite David Bowie videos here for your enjoyment. I'm still missing that guy! It's weird that someone can be out of the spotlight for so long (except for a brief album released in 2013) and when he passes you feel like you just saw him yesterday. I mean that figuratively of course; Velveeta and Bowie never crossed paths.
This is from his 2013 surprise album The Next Day. The video was shot quickly and in his NYC apartment. I love it for the shadows and spooky imagery.
"I'm Afraid of Americans" -- so am I. This video features Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails. Rumor has it that Bowie helped him get sober during this time. This high paced video from 1997 is filled with religious imagery.
1980 was the year that the video format became mainstream. MTV would be launched one year later. So of course Bowie was on top of new things as this video shows. I love this for two reasons, the song of course which is one of my favorites, but also for the use of just about every technical innovation that video offered at that time. Looking at it now it looks silly, but at the time it was a milestone. As a bonus the camera zooms in to his freaky eyes with the damaged pupil around 1:06.
2013's "The Next Day" was apparently a huge creative period for him as he'd first been told of his cancer. He began writing his hit Off Broadway show Lazarus and managed to put out this album while undergoing chemo. This short film features Tilda Swinton as his wife and a Norwegian woman playing his younger self:
Ziggy Stardust proclaims his bisexuality in this early video of "John I'm Only Dancing" from 1972 during his glam rock years.
What the hell is "BlackStar" all about? Is the skeleton Major Thom? Who is The Great I Am? Why the buttons over his eyes? The imagery is both haunting and amusing at times. This will ask more questions than answer and it's awesome: