Monday, August 21, 2006

Watch That Man

Here's the post where Under the Rock (and then some) succumbs to the magic of YouTube links.

Crystal and I caught this on VH1 Classic last night. One of the coolest Bowie looks ever, if not the coolest. I want that suit.

Some questions for review: Is that how DB really dances in real life? Where does this video fit in the evolution of Robert Palmer? What would happen if the Bowie of this video and Bryan Ferry were in a room together?

I don't have anything interesting to say about him in drag.


Anonymous beth said...

this sounds like it could have been the missing song from West Side Story. the video even supports my theory. those "girls" were definitely the girlfriends of some 50's PR gang memebers.

5:02 PM  
Blogger Mike said...

I never made the West Side Story connection before, but I wouldn't doubt it. After all, David has a pretty theatrical reputation.

9:25 PM  
Anonymous Bob said...

I think I'd have to agree on that being his best look. I like the suit and untied-tie Modern Love look, but his hair's not as cool in that one.

This is exactly how I picture Bowie dancing, at least when he has a mic to dance around. Perhaps not coincidentally, the Bowie Dance is almost exactly what I also picture as the Jarvis Cocker Dance, especially the away-from-the-mic moves about 15 and 30 seconds in. Really, is there any other dance you could possibly do as a sleazy/cool frontman while wearing a suit? I don't think so.

This Bowie and Ferry would, I figure, lure people to parties and stab them to death, like the Krays.

As for Bowie in drag, the blonde-wigged Bowie who closes the video would have made a great cameo for one of those Cathy and Kathy secretary Kids In The Hall skits.

10:27 AM  
Blogger Mike said...

It's occurred to me that not only is this the way he really dances, but it proves that his footwork in the "Dancing in the Streets" Jagger debacle was clearly the result of heavy brainwashing.

10:32 AM  
Blogger Greycats said...

I can tell you that Bowie had many choreographers including Toni Basil, who worked on his Diamond Dogs tour. BTW, according to wikipedia, Absolute Beginners is his favorite or one of the best songs that Bowie thinks he ever wrote.

8:31 PM  
Blogger frankenslade said...

Damn, I've been thinking about this for a few days, and I can't say I have a favorite Bowie Look. Guess he's never been my type. If I have to go for a guy cut from the general Bowie cloth, I'd go for a creepier version, like Willem Defoe.

12:02 AM  

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