“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 not have been a contributing factor to the record’s commercial failure. However, it’s hard to deny that as the film progressed Bowie wasn’t at his prettiest, albeit a look only achieved with the aid of make-up.
Despite this, it’s a great video well worth another look.
While you’re watching, listen out for Dennis Davis’s extraordinary drumming and see if you can spot Brian Eno on Synthesizer, Horse Trumpets and Eroica horn?!
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