“The Stars (Are Around Tonight)” is Bowie’s second single from the upcoming album “The Next Day”, due to arrive in stores on the second week of March. The movie features the acclaimed british actress Tilda Swindon and in some parts it does bring us somehow to the imagery of “The Hunger”, a movie directed by Tony Scott and starring also Catherine Deneuve. Some might say that Bowie too got entangled in the new vampiresque trend, but the man did venture in the world of vampires in 1983 with that French actress in what some claimed was the ideal vampire pair, perfectly fit for the role of a life hungry couple.
In this movie Swindon and Bowie play an older couple whose quiet life is disturbed by a young band formed by kids in typicall Bowie-fashionable attire. The video is a beautiful display of pop and fashion and aesthetic imagery. As for the music and despite the high expectactions, it does not bring us to closer to the universe of “Heroes” or “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars” but rather to the sound of “Black Tie White Noise” or “Never Let Me Down”, considered by many the least inspired of all Bowie albums.
While the first single was indeed a great song, the second single “The Stars (Are Around Tonight)” did not meet the expectations. We will have to wait for the whole album to confirm whether “The Next Day” marks indeed a great comeback.
David Bowie and Iggy Pop take centre stage in a movie on 70’s Berlin to be released in 2016.
The lives of David Bowie and Iggy Bowie in this city are at the center of a movie which will be there to portray creativity in the divided city of Berlin. The movie will be directed by Gabriel Range and the rebel rebel pair is to feature profusely in this biopic considering their role as some of the most iconic rock stars in the history of Berlin subculture.
David Bowie, who joined Iggy Pop in this city, and who produced some of the best records by this wild iguana, has to thank Berlin for having provided the inspiration for three of his best albums: Low, Heroes and Lodger. These three works of art are filled with references to the city both in the cold sound landscapes created in close collaboration with Brian Eno and in the title tracks that bring us to the Berlin imagery: “Art Decade”, “Neuköln, “Secret Life of Arabia”, “Warzawa”.
Berlin and the decadence of the city features also in Bowie’s movie career, e.g. in “Just a Gigolo” a relatively unknown movie set in Post World War I and featuring also the German icon Marlene Dietrich. The movie was actually the actress last appearance on screen.
Much can be said of Bowie, and Iggy’s, Berlin period in Schöneberg, the part of the city they used to live in. The capital of German is set to make a new comeback in the chameleon’s life and seems to have left a mark in his life, considering the somehow longing feeling expressed in “Where are we now” the single which marks the return of David Bowie after ten years.
Carlos Tomé Sousa