David Bowie is dead and never has an artist made such an extraordinary exit from life as Bowie’s made with his video “Lazarus”. We see him turn and twist in agony, we see him trying to write as much as he can because time is scarce and we see his departure when he closes the door to the closet. His whole career has been about acting different roles and with “Lazarus” he makes one final stunning performance. Just like “Blackstar” the video is directed by Johan Renck.
David Bowie is a very important artist in music video development. He made interesting videos already in the 70s and he has several fascinating videos in recent years. Read earlier posts:
Another space-video from the starman himself – David Bowie. He continues to deliver sci-fi inspired videos with weird people in obscure environment. It’s fascinating how strong Bowie’s artistic ambition is. This ain’t no easy “just another late-in-career-song”. Both the song and the video explores new ground. Like many sci-fi movies you have to have an open mind – it’s bizarre and artificial but also brilliant. Sit back, put on full-screen and give it its 10 minutes of attention.
And of course praise to the Swedish video director: Johan Renck.
David Bowies’ video for “The Next Day” includes self-mortification and priests dancing with sexy girls. It got criticized by Catholic Church and got banned at YouTube for a while. In addition to this Rolling Stone-magazine presents other music videos that got banned.
Astronaut Chris Hadfield has done the first music video filmed in space with his version of “Space Oddity”. Now we’re looking forward to “Life on Mars?” filmed on location – though it may take some time.
David Bowie is back in business with “Where are we now?”. And as you can see in the video he’s back on the streets of Berlin. The city in which he lived for a couple of years in the seventies and made his Berlin-Trilogy: “Low”, “Heroes” and “Lodger”.