David Bowie, his gorgeous wife Iman and their sweet-as-pie daughter, Lexi have been photographed in Venice, Italy this past weekend, taking in the sights and looking like quite the chic family. Okay. Iman and Lexi have looked chic. David was shown looking like The Thin White Grump…but he’s entitled.
So. Here we are presented with a very baroque and ornate scene–is it for a music video or is Bowie the new face of Louis Vuitton? (I’m hoping for the latter.) LV has already conjured up Bowie-esque visages with their 2013-14 Fall/Winter line:
Mixing pyramid and oval forms, the new pieces from the Louis Vuitton Ziggy collection for Fall/Winter 2013-2014 play with volume and color in a nod to the graphic motifs inspired by the work of artist Daniel Buren seen on the runway at Louis VuittonSpring/Summer 2013.
The burning coppery pink metal plays with the intense cool black ruthenium, on the Ziggy statement necklace, in a visual tribute to the Ziggy Stardust lightening strike cover of David Bowie’s Aladdin Sane album sleeve. As worn by Andreea Diaconu in the Louis Vuitton campaign.
I do need to watch this documentary more than once. I loved seeing (and hearing DB talk about) Luther Vandross while recording Right for the Young Americans album. The vocal intricacies of that particular song combined with Bowie’s obvious cocaine use is a thing of wonder. (Uh, don’t try that at home, kids. You’re no David Bowie…)
Anyway. Was your favorite Bowie era included? I was most certainly satisfied–but as Bowie always desired since the beginning, left me wanting more.
I doubt the Catholic Church will be all that enthused about this video…but I sure am (said the chick with Catholic iconic imagery tattooed in various places on her body). Gary Oldman and Marion Cotillard star in the controversial video with Bowie.
The video opens with a priest played by Oldman punching a street-urchin beggar in the face, then continuing into a club filled with clergy engaging in all sorts of un-priestly activity. A Christ-like Bowie sings from a stage while scantily clad women dance suggestively – until one of them, played by Cotillard, develops stigmata, bringing the party to a sudden, bloody halt.
I’m simply going to post this video real quick (along with the lyrics) and we can discuss the controversial clip in the COMMENTS, okay?
“The Next Day”
“Look into my eyes”, he tells her “I’m gonna say goodbye”, he says, yeah “Do not cry”, she begs of him goodbye, yeah All that day she thinks of his love, yeah
They whip him through the streets and alleys there The gormless and the baying crowd right there They can’t get enough of that doomsday song They can’t get enough of it all
“Listen to the whores”, he tells her He fashions paper sculptures of them Then drags them to the river‘s bank in the cart Their soggy paper bodies wash ashore in the dark And the priest stiff in hate now demanding fun begin Of his women dressed as men for the pleasure of that priest
Here I am, not quite dying My body left to rot in a hollow tree Its branches throwing shadows on the gallows for me And the next day, And the next, And another day
Ignoring the pain of their particular diseases They chase him through the alleys chase him down the steps They haul him through the mud and they chant for his death And drag him to the feet of the purple headed priest
First they give you everything that you want Then they take back everything that you have They live upon their feet and they die upon their knees They can work with satan while they dress like the saints They know god exists for the devil told them so They scream my name aloud down into the well below
Here I am, not quite dying My body left to rot in a hollow tree Its’ branches throwing shadows on the gallows for me And the next day, And the next, And another day.
Blink. Blink. The line, “Purple-headed priest” grosses me out, man.
Sidebar: This reminds me of a joke (and I usually dislike ‘jokes’, but bear with me).
U2 are waiting to be let in at the gates of heaven. God is sitting in his throne and says, “Before I can let you in, I need each of you to tell me what you most believe in…”
Adam goes first and says, “I believe in a sturdy bass line and that dating supermodels is a bad idea.” Adam enters heaven.
The Edge is next. “I believe in the C chord, the G chord, and the D chord. And with those chords I believe I can change the world.’ The Edge follows Adam in.
“I believe in a 4/4 beat, all day, every day”, Larry adds. He’s then allowed through the gates.
“Now ,what do you believe in, Bono?” God asks.
“I believe you’re sitting in my chair.”
I believe Bono better not sit in that chair, seeing as it belongs to Bowie.