Song 16 David Bowie

David Bowie - Ashes to Ashes, 1980

'My mother said, to get things done, you'd better not mess with Major Tom...' Well, it's Ash Wednesday. Why not? And more importantly, it's almost Valentine's Day, and if there is a greater love on earth than that of Bowie's fans for Bowie, I'd like to know what it is. The 80s weren't really David Bowie's decade overall, but look at the magnificent way he started it: the most expensive video ever made at the time, and certainly one of the strangest - everything seems weighted with meaning, if only you could figure out what it is. Drowning clowns, asylums, a procession in front of a bulldozer (apparently the figures who appear to be bowing are really just yanking their robes out of the way of the oncoming machine)...what the hell is going on here, exactly? I suppose I should have posted 'Let's Dance', as it was my first encounter with the man and the 80s song he seems most known for. But all that yellow-haired crooning confidence, that's not the kind of thing that makes you fall in love. This stuff. This deeply &%$ed up stuff. This is what does it. 

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