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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.

 

Watch the full

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"Heroes" 40th anniversary picture disc out now

on September 22, 2017

 

“We could steal time, just for one day”

 

As if you didn’t already know, the "Heroes" limited edition 40th-anniversary 7" picture disc is issued today via Parlophone.

 

 

DAVID BOWIE “HEROES" LIMITED EDITION 40th ANNIVERSARY 7" PICTURE DISC

 

A-Side “HEROES” (Single version 2017 Remaster)

(Lyrics by David Bowie, Music by David Bowie and Brian Eno)

Produced by David Bowie & Tony Visconti

Recorded at Hansa by the Wall, Berlin and Mountain Studios, Montreux

 

AA-Side “HEROES” (‘Marc’ show version)

(Lyrics by David Bowie, Music by David Bowie and Brian Eno)

Recorded for the television show

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ANCIANT Video Focus: Be My Wife

on September 22, 2017

 

“Share my life”

 

(ANCIANT = A New Career In A New Town)

 

With just one week to go till the September 29th release of the David Bowie: A New Career In A New Town (1977–1982) box set, we thought we’d take a daily look at the promotional videos Bowie made in the period covered by ANCIANT.

 

Originally released in the UK on June 17th 1977, Be My Wife was the 2nd and final single from Low. Despite a promotional video, the single didn’t chart, not helped by the fact that it was almost impossible to view it anywhere in the UK back in 1977.

 

Filmed in Paris in June 1977, Be My Wife was Bowie's

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