Music Video Friday: David Bowie – Ashes To Ashes

Today’s video for Music Video Friday is David Bowie’s Ashes To Ashes.

I actually had a bunch of posts scheduled for this week but, after hearing the news of David Bowie’s death on Monday, I didn’t feel like posting them. I did a very short tribute post on the day but have otherwise not really said anything about it. I’m not a writer – I do this blog thing as a way to chat with people about movies (and some music & books) that I like. What can I say? The world has lost an extremely talented artist & I (and many of us) have lost a hero. It sucks. But I do this music video thing every Friday so there was no way I was going to post anything other than a David Bowie video today.

Obviously, there are loads of Bowie videos to choose from but I immediately knew that I’d go with Ashes To Ashes. Because of my age I grew up hearing 80’s Bowie the most (things like Modern Love & Let’s Dance will be the first songs of his that I’ll have really been aware of) but it’s his 70’s music that is most near & dear to me now. That’s probably my favorite decade for music overall and I think it’s also when Bowie did his best stuff. I suppose I like the song Ashes To Ashes as, being 1980, it’s kind of between those two Bowie eras. According to Wikipedia,

Bowie said that with “Ashes to Ashes” he was “wrapping up the seventies really” for himself, which “seemed a good enough epitaph for it”.

(Which was of course pretty obvious from the lyrics concerning Major Tom now being a junkie)

The video was directed by David Bowie & David Mallet. I’ve been looking into the directors of videos more since I started this music video series & I “discovered” Mallet when I did a fun post with Brian of Hard Ticket To Home Video about Billy Idol’s White Wedding (you can check out that post HERE if you’re interested). Mallet did loads of videos throughout the 1980s for Idol & Bowie as well as for artists such as AC/DC, Queen, Def Leppard, Joan Jett, etc etc. But I have to say that Ashes To Ashes is definitely his most stylish & artistic video and of course contains yet another one of Bowie’s (many!) iconic looks (the great costume was designed by Natasha Korniloff).

Enough of my rambling. Here’s the video. It’s weird. It’s artsy. It’s stylish & cool. It’s totally Bowie. 🙂

9 thoughts on “Music Video Friday: David Bowie – Ashes To Ashes

  1. The Ashes to Ashes video has always freaked me out a little. Didn’t help when they used the clown in the TV series of the same name.

    I was listening to some Bowie last night (of course) and had cause to wonder just how many of his songs Major Tom was mentioned in, because it felt like a lot. Turns out: only the 3 I’d happened to listen to almost back to back. But still, I didn’t know that the ‘character’ had his own Wikipedia page:

    • I knew he referenced Major Tom in three songs but never thought to look Major Tom up online. That was an interesting read! 🙂 And I really liked that Peter Schilling song at the time. Man… I’ve not heard that in years!

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