Saturday, November 21, 2015

David Bowie is at his best when he's weird.

In a nutshell, that's Blackstar. And naturally, I LOVE it.


What's to love so much about it?

It's David! And he's back. And embracing his age and his gray hair. That's hot. He's hot. Damn.


His new band. They're a jazz band doing rock and roll. And it works. Brilliantly, actually.

The lyrics. 

For me, the song/video really kicks in at 4:41 mins into it. And these verses are incredible (and you really got to love David's dancing and Thom Yorke-like impressions he's doing):

(Courteously posted on David's Facebook Page)

SOMETHING HAPPENED ON THE DAY HE DIED
SPIRIT ROSE A METRE THEN STEPPED ASIDE
SOMEBODY ELSE TOOK HIS PLACE AND BRAVELY CRIED:
I’M A BLACKSTAR
I’M A BLACKSTAR

HOW MANY TIMES DOES AN ANGEL FALL?
HOW MANY PEOPLE LIE INSTEAD OF TALKING TALL?
HE TROD ON SACRED GROUND HE CRIED ALOUD INTO THE CROWD
I’M A BLACKSTAR
I’M A BLACKSTAR
I’M NOT A GANGSTAR

I CAN’T ANSWER WHY
I’M A BLACKSTAR
JUST GO WITH ME
I’M NOT A FILMSTAR
IMMA TAKE YOU HOME
I’M A BLACKSTAR
TAKE YOUR PASSPORT AND SHOES
I’M NOT A POPSTAR
AND YOUR SEDATIVES BOO
I’M A BLACKSTAR
YOU’RE THE FLASH IN THE PAN
I’M NOT A MARVELSTAR
I’M THE GREAT I AM
I’M A BLACKSTAR

I’M A BLACKSTAR I’M WAY UP, ON MONEY, I’VE GOT GAME
I SEE RIGHT, SO WIDE, SO OPEN-HEARTED PAIN
I WANT EAGLES IN MY DAYDREAMS, DIAMONDS IN MY EYES
I’M A BLACKSTAR
I’M A BLACKSTAR

SOMETHING HAPPENED ON THE DAY HE DIED
SPIRIT ROSE A METRE THEN STEPPED ASIDE
SOMEBODY ELSE TOOK HIS PLACE AND BRAVELY CRIED:
I’M A BLACKSTAR
I’M A STARSTAR
I’M A BLACKSTAR

I CAN’T ANSWER WHY
I’M NOT A GANGSTAR
BUT I CAN TELL YOU HOW
I’M NOT A FLAMSTAR
WE WERE BORN UPSIDE DOWN
I’M A STARS STAR
BORN THE WRONG WAY ROUND
I’M NOT A WHITESTAR
I’M A BLACKSTAR

OO OO OO OO

I’M NOT A GANGSTAR
I’M A BLACKSTAR
I’M A BLACKSTAR

OO OO OO OO

I’M NOT A PORNSTAR
I’M NOT A WANDERING STAR


I don't know if it's only me, but the one line "Something happened on the day he died..." made me think and wonder if David's singing about his father, Haywood Stenton Jones. I'm most likely totally off about that, but you never know! I guess it's mostly because David looks soo much like his dad now more than ever. The Jones have such strong genes (his daughter with Iman, Lexi, also looks as much like her grandfather as she does her daddy!)




The intense creep factor. 

Honestly, it's not that creepy for me, but it's creepy in general, and only Bowie can make it sexy with the "beady eyes" and somehow has made scarecrows hot too lol.




This music video makes sense and yet it doesn't make sense. Maybe there's no meaning behind anything, maybe it's just surreal for the sake of being surreal. Some fan theories are that it's about:

- Major Tom. The last of a "trilogy" of sorts where we're first introduced to Major Tom in "Space Oddity," where he's resurrected in "Ashes to Ashes," and his God-like status is now complete with "Blackstar."

- Making references to Labyrinth (especially with the girl with the tail).

- About Satanism.

Who knows! I think it could possibly be about all this and more. If there's one thing I've learned about David is that even if there may be a lot of symbolism and themes in his works, he doesn't really dissect the work that much and usually never has the answers to the questions his fans might have for his songs and/or music videos. The interpretations are up to us to decipher. It's part of the fun.

Here's a ★ interview that can also vouch for that. 

This is the Bowie that we've always known. Ever-changing. NEVER resting on his laurels. He's not the Chameleon King for nothing. This single alone makes me terribly excited at what ★ (that's the album's title, pronounced "blackstar") has in store. Without a doubt, ★ will blow our minds.

I mean, it's Bowie. He does this naturally.


2 comments:

  1. I think it's Major-Tom related, but who knows? He creates art so it's up to interpretation. I love those lyrics. It's a song that gets stuck in your head and you keep wanting to listen to it again and again. With this kind of tease, the album is surely going to be incredible. And you are right about him still being hot. He's silver-fox Bowie! <3

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    1. If anything, yes, def. very Major-Tom! All else, is up to us I think :). Only thing I read as far as interpretation goes that Bowie did purposely was how when the people were doing the same body movement, it's supposed to be a nod to how in Popeye cartoons, how the characters in the background would continuously have the same movement/animation, not moving, just the same gestures as one and the same, lol. Yeah that bridge and those versus after was brilliant and so catchy. He could just release this as a single and no need to do more, we're sold! Mmm, yes, silver-fox Bowie, yum!

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