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Jessica Lange’s Stunning and Haunted Rendition of David Bowie Classic “Life on Mars”

I have been a fan of David Bowie’s music for many decades. I collected every album release from Bowie when I was in high school in the 1970s as he was just beginning to gain broader appeal outside of the UK. His early song lyrics were often not only complex and prosaic master works, but were quite prophetic portraits of a society as he saw it, already crumbling around the edges from the strain of 20th century events piled one on top of the other until the framework which held our own understanding of those events began to crack, sway and finally give way. Bowie knew how to chronicle such things in song. He was the first musician after Bob Dylan and Neil Young to pen and capture relevant social commentary, then weave it into his own personal musical narrative. The selection of this particular piece of music was very apt. Here is Jessica’s performance of it.

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New David Bowie Music Video Is Stellar Yet Unsettling: The Stars Are Out Tonight

Cover of "Man Who Sold the World"

Alternate Album Cover for “The Man Who Sold the World” from 1970

I have been following the musical career of David Bowie since before some of my readers were born. NO, really.

Beginning with the complex lyrics and haunted refrains of his first real best selling album, “The Man Who Sold the World” David Bowie has fascinated a devoted cult following of fans around the world for more than 35 years. I am among that glorious club of music lovers who adore the man, and I am WOWED that he’s released a new single.  Anything written  by Bowie is usually the Godiva Chocolate of new pop music releases. The new music video is no disappointment.

The ever lean and handsome Thin White Duke has aged gracefully.  Although he is older now, he is a creative master recording / visual artist and still knows how to make an artistic statement that astounds.

David Bowie’s music videos almost always actually say something, as opposed to just flashing signs and symbols for the elite and writhing for mere sex-selling appeal.

As an entire generation of 1970s and 1980s glam rockers now cross into their sixties and address their own mortality, [ along with their legions of fans] Bowie dares to address his own issues around growing older, seeking serenity and sanity, and coping with a global culture of “star worship” that takes the emulation of celebrities to hideously high and low extremes.

The confrontation between his young near-perfect knock-off and his sedate older self is the central theme in his new music video “The Stars Are Out Tonight.”  Enjoy, but don’t be eating anything while you watch this. It might take the appetite away just a wee bit.

 

The Man Who Sold The World, 1971: