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ANCIANT Video Focus: Boys Keep Swinging

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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 bass), transferred perfectly to the David Mallet-directed video (Mallet’s first in a string of classic Bowie promos, as you will see), with Bowie taking on the guise of his own female backing singers.

 

If you’ve not had the pleasure yet, go and enjoy Boys Keep Swinging now.

 

The players...

 

DAVID BOWIE – vocals, guitar

DENNIS DAVIS – bass

TONY VISCONTI – bass

CARLOS ALOMAR – drums

ADRIAN BELEW – guitar

SIMON HOUSE – violin

BRIAN ENO – piano

DAVID BOWIE and TONY VISCONTI – backing vocals

 

 

#ANCIANTbox  #ANewCareerInANewTownBox  #BowieBKS  #BowieBoys  #BowieVideo

 

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    24 September 2017
    ANCIANT Video Focus: Boys Keep Swinging

     

    “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 bass), transferred perfectly to the David Mallet-directed video (Mallet’s first in a string of classic Bowie promos, as you will see), with Bowie taking on the guise of his own female backing singers.

     

    If you’ve not had the pleasure yet, go and enjoy Boys Keep Swinging now.

     

    The players...

     

    DAVID BOWIE – vocals, guitar

    DENNIS DAVIS – bass

    TONY VISCONTI – bass

    CARLOS ALOMAR – drums

    ADRIAN BELEW – guitar

    SIMON HOUSE – violin

    BRIAN ENO – piano

    DAVID BOWIE and TONY VISCONTI – backing vocals

     

     

    #ANCIANTbox  #ANewCareerInANewTownBox  #BowieBKS  #BowieBoys  #BowieVideo