“Maybe I’m born right out of my time”
On September 20th 1999 David Bowie released a single, the Bowie/Gabrels composition Thursday's Child, a couple of weeks ahead of the 'hours...' album, from whence it came.
In a performance for VH1 Storytellers, Bowie revealed that the title of the song was prompted by the memory of the autobiography of actress Eartha Kitt, also called Thursday's Child.
The accompanying music video was directed by Walter Stern in August 1999 in New York. Bowie said of it: “The video is a strange and slow moving piece that wanders between a present and a past in a bewildering fashion”.
It shows Bowie in a motel room with his partner, looking in a mirror at his younger self (played by Owen Beasley) reflecting upon the passing of time and his life journey, with themes of loss and regret.
The single was a top 20 hit in the UK, no doubt helped by various formats including a cassette version and two CDs with several exclusive bonus tracks and the video.
Watch the full length version on the official David Bowie Facebook page.