I’ve enjoyed David Bowie for quite some time now – starting off in 1983 when the phenomenal single “Let’s Dance” came out. It was 1983, and my mom played this guy named David Bowie for me for the very first time, as she was very happy when she would play it. This tape had some great sound to it – China Girl, Modern Love, Cat People……all wonderful stuff. Of course, like all great songs of the day, the radio stations would play it en masse – playing it so many times that people would get tired of it – it’s what they do.
Thankfully, David Bowie has many
great songs that span the years, and a song for every mood, it seems. Well, he has a video for just about everything too! I’ve seen every single one of these videos at least once, and they are all amazing, because it shows many facets of the same man.
“Absolute Beginners”, if you have not seen it, you are missing out. This movie dives back into the 50’s/60’s scene with all the campiness you would expect from that era, and just has a lot of fun with it! It’s a musical, but that is to be expected. My favorite songs from this movie are, of course, the title track, but also “That’s Motivation”. It’s one of those songs you just have to hear and see to experience. The actors and actresses are vibrant and bold, and that’s just the way you love it.
“The Man Who Fell To Earth” was bizarrely fun – but then again, that is what David Bowie was – bizarrely fun! It’s all about an alien who falls to earth and his interactions with humans. He has a ravenous need for water, because his planet is so desperate for it, so he camouflages himself to look human and goes about becoming rich so he can fund his needs. He does get discovered during the film though, so that of course shocks those who think they knew him………..yeah……you need to see this. Not sure if the unedited version is out on DVD/Blu-Ray or not, but it’s not much different from the regular version. I have both, and enjoy them both. Yes…….I believe RCA edited the film because of a nudie scene in the movie, but that is them like that.
Many of the rest are music video compilations and concerts, but I do enjoy them. “Jazzin’ for Blue Jean” was put out at the time his “Tonight” album was big news, with “Blue Jean” being the big hit, this short movie is centered all around that very song. Nice little romp to take about 20 minutes to watch. “Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence” is about Bowie playing a prisoner-or-war and what happened during those days. He does the role very skillfully and believably, so it carries the movie very well. Again, go check it out if you get the chance.
Someday, I may convert all of these to digital, so I can take them with me everywhere……..but for now, my VCR is keeping me company quite nicely. I’ll love it til Tuesday. 😉