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ANCIANT Video Focus: DJ

on September 25, 2017

 

“I’ve got believers (Kiss-Kiss), Believing me“

 

(ANCIANT = A New Career In A New Town)

 

DJ, the follow up to Boys Keep Swinging and also taken from Lodger, was accompanied by another delightfully mad David Mallet-directed video, featuring Bowie playing a nonchalant DJ in a radio station studio, gradually smashing the place up.

 

These scenes are interspersed with footage of Bowie rubbing shoulders and getting friendly with some of the wonderful people of Earls Court in London. The whole thing is topped off with our man as gas-masked art terrorist, spray-painting the DJ logo.

 

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ANCIANT Album Focus: Scary Monsters

on September 24, 2017

 

“But he jumped into the furnace, Singing old songs we loved...”

 

(ANCIANT = A New Career In A New Town)

 

This is the second instalment of our album focus on David Bowie’s Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps).

 

Here’s another snippet from Tony Visconti taken from the introduction of the Scary Monsters recording notes in the ANCIANT book.

 

 

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When we began ‘The Man Who Sold The World’ David and I jokingly said, “Let’s make this our ‘Sgt. Pepper’s’.” With every album we made together since then, we aired that silly phrase again.

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ANCIANT Video Focus: Boys Keep Swinging

on September 24, 2017

 

“They’ll never clone ya...“

 

(ANCIANT = A New Career In A New Town)

 

One of the very best 45s of all time (and another Top Ten hit for David Bowie in the UK) was the first single from 1979’s Lodger, Boys Keep Swinging. And it was accompanied by an equally brilliant video.

 

The Bowie/Visconti produced tongue in cheek ode to the joys of gender stability, was a breath of fresh air in a musical landscape dominated by folk taking themselves a little too seriously.

 

Both the humour and the role reversal of the recording (Guitarist Carlos Alomar played drums and drummer Dennis Davis played

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"Heroes" single is forty years old today

on September 23, 2017

 

“I, I can remember”

 

On Friday 23rd September 1977, David Bowie released the title track from his forthcoming album, "Heroes", as a 7" 45 backed by V-2 Schneider. The track has a rich history and a prominent place in popular culture, deservedly so.

 

Originally Bowie claimed that "Heroes" was inspired by a pair of young lovers he used to watch from the studio window of Hansa as they met by the Berlin Wall: “I thought of all the places to meet in Berlin, why pick a bench underneath a guard turret on the Wall?

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ANCIANT Video Focus: "Heroes"

on September 23, 2017

 

“Standing tall in the dark...”

 

(ANCIANT = A New Career In A New Town)

 

Day two of our daily look at the promotional videos Bowie made in the period covered by ANCIANT, perfectly timed for today’s 40th anniversary of the release of the "Heroes" single, more of which, later.

 

Another sparse affair, the Nick Ferguson-directed "Heroes" promo film followed the feel of the previous two Bowie videos, Life On Mars? and Be My Wife, albeit in negative.

 

As opposed to the bleached out white background, Bowie was dressed in dark clothing, backlit in a darkened room with no props.

 

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