David Bowie | The Stars (Are Out Tonight) (Video)

David Bowie released another video for a song off his upcoming release “The New Day”, out on March 12. The rhythmic new track is called “The Stars (Are Out Tonight)”, and the video is directed by Floria Sigismondi. The video is, well, certainly tongue-in-cheek, featuring Bowie and actress Tilda Swinton as a happily married couple. But the song, especially in conjunction with the video, seems to be a comment about celebrity obsession, with Swinton and Bowie going shopping at small-town grocery store, picking up a tabloid magazine and the latter commenting on the paparazzi photo on the cover, “Well, it looks more exciting than anything we’ve got around here.” With all the creepy characters, tinted windows and such — it begs the question about who is following whom. What the song is saying exactly about celebrity is up to the listener and viewer, but it appears to touch on a theme of Bowie’s last record, the difference between reality and fiction: “We live closer to the earth / Never to the heavens / The stars are never far away / Stars are out tonight / They watch us from behind their shades / Brigitte, Jack, and Kate and Brad / From behind their tinted window stretch / Gleaming like blackened sunshine / Stars are never sleeping / Dead ones and the living.” It’s a great Bowie cut, that stands up to the quality of his earlier single release, “Where Are We Now?” These two tracks and videos are sure to build up the anticipation surrounding this record. — David D. Robbins Jr.

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