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ANCIANT Video Focus: Ashes To Ashes

on September 27, 2017

 

“Oh no, don’t say it’s true”

 

(ANCIANT = A New Career In A New Town)

 

Released in August 1980, the Ashes to Ashes single was accompanied by one of the better known Bowie promo videos, not to mention one of the most truly ground-breaking and hugely influential videos to boot.

 

Bowie retained the services of David Mallet for this Bowie/Mallet-directed short (Bowie’s first credited direction), to promote the lead single from the forthcoming 1980 album, Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps).

 

Ashes to Ashes was at the time the most expensive music video ever made and remains one of the most

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ANCIANT Video Focus: Look Back In Anger

on September 26, 2017

 

““You know who I am,” he said.”

 

(ANCIANT = A New Career In A New Town)

 

Just the two singles, Boys Keep Swinging and DJ, were taken from Lodger in the UK. However, in July 1979 The Netherlands and Turkey enjoyed Yassassin, while the following month saw the release of Look Back In Anger as an A-side 45 in the US and Canada.

 

Despite no other promotion (no pic sleeve, no press ads), the release was considered important enough to warrant another David Mallet-directed video, every bit as mad as the previous two promos.

 

With a nod to Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray, the video may

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German Rolling Stone cover reveal

on September 26, 2017

 

“Way back in West Berlin...”

 

As today is all about the launch of the David Bowie: A New Career In A New Town (1977–1982) box set in Berlin, and while you’re waiting for the action there to start, it seems appropriate to exclusively reveal the October 2017 German Rolling Stone magazine cover, which, as we told you previously, has an exclusive Bowie feature and cover-mounted 7" vinyl single of "Helden"/"Heroes".

 

This is the tracklisting of this future 33 1/3rd collectable.

 

Side 1: "Helden" (’89 remix version)

Side 2: "Heroes" (live version from Stage)

 

Here’s some info regarding the

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Live In Berlin (1978) Digital EP streaming tonight

on September 26, 2017

 

“There's something in the air”

 

The upcoming release of the David Bowie: A New Career In A New Town (1977-1982) box set (Friday, 29th September), will be celebrated today (Tuesday, 26th September), with an event at the world-famous Hansa Studios in Berlin, which will be live-streamed on www.facebook.com/davidbowie at 8pm CET (7pm BST / 2pm EST / 11am PST).

 

The live event will feature a Q&A session with guests including Carlos Alomar (who played guitar with Bowie from 1974 to 1996), Edu Meyer (the former sound engineer at Hansa Studios) and Chris Duffy (son of photographer Brian Duffy,

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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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