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The Stars Are Out Tonight
February 26, 2013 6:49 AM   Subscribe

The second, rocking single from David Bowie's forthcoming album The Next Day is titled "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)". The video stars Bowie himself, and Tilda Swinton.

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posted by hippybear (40 comments total) 22 users marked this as a favorite

 
The Singularity is here!
posted by Artw at 6:55 AM on February 26, 2013 [3 favorites]


Iris Gambol in 2011: "Because lady Bowie is Tilda Swinton, and she is terrifying."

Yes. Yes she is. But also magnificent.
posted by cmyk at 7:01 AM on February 26, 2013


Finally. Proof that they are not a single soul inhabiting a single shapeshifting body.

Magical.

Creepy, surreal, magic.
posted by Faintdreams at 7:02 AM on February 26, 2013


That reminds me, I've been wanting to rewatch 'Orlando' for a while now.

Finally. Proof that they are not a single soul inhabiting a single shapeshifting body.

Well, not necessarily, if you've seen 'Orlando'...
posted by FatherDagon at 7:03 AM on February 26, 2013 [3 favorites]


For reference: TILDA STARDUST.
posted by 1970s Antihero at 7:03 AM on February 26, 2013


The video stars Bowie himself, and Tilda Swinton.

But we repeat ourselves.
posted by Strange Interlude at 7:03 AM on February 26, 2013 [9 favorites]


David Lynch to the white courtesy phone , mid80sera-David lynch to the white courtesy phone, please.
posted by The Whelk at 7:03 AM on February 26, 2013 [10 favorites]


I'm less convinced than ever that they're not the same person.

Also, nice to see Thomas Jerome Newton getting work again.

Also, too, Floria Sigismondi did a great (and vastly underappreciated, IMO) job on The Runaways.
posted by Halloween Jack at 7:05 AM on February 26, 2013


The Stars Are Coming Out!
posted by The 10th Regiment of Foot at 7:09 AM on February 26, 2013


Teenage Head and Floria Sigismondi both emerged from Hamilton, Ontario. That doesn't quite atone for Tim Hortons, but it's a start.
posted by davebush at 7:10 AM on February 26, 2013 [1 favorite]


And an extra dose of androgyny with Adrej.
posted by kimdog at 7:13 AM on February 26, 2013


On man the celeb gossip sheet in the store is called not People but Pantheon.

Someone get me an English major and a pot of coffee!
posted by The Whelk at 7:16 AM on February 26, 2013 [2 favorites]


I'm watching it with the sound off, and that second shot where the autofocus clicks on halfway into the shot was jarring.
posted by SPUTNIK at 7:17 AM on February 26, 2013


Anyone else notice The Chinese Girl painting hanging in that 50s Living room?
posted by The Whelk at 7:20 AM on February 26, 2013


He is physically unable to look old and schlumpy. He is just so. f u c k i n g. SHARP.
posted by Madamina at 7:34 AM on February 26, 2013 [7 favorites]


He must have read the MeFi thread we just had about him just being the cool guy next door that acts like just a bloke and occasionally introduces you to Queen.
posted by Ghostride The Whip at 7:41 AM on February 26, 2013 [1 favorite]


Having watched it, all I can think is that this must be the video wherein David Bowie enacts his lifelong fantasy of being the least weird person in the room.
posted by marginaliana at 8:27 AM on February 26, 2013 [4 favorites]


Great song, great film clip. David Bowie and Tilda Swinton? *swoon*
posted by h00py at 8:32 AM on February 26, 2013


Video Summation: David Bowie and Tilda Swinton attempt to live out normal lives as Lychian-in-Blue-Velvet-mode surburbianites only to have their idyl broken by deranged versions of their past celebrity selves.
posted by The Whelk at 8:36 AM on February 26, 2013


Young Tilda Swinton dashes through the garden, courtesy of Derek Jarman.
posted by roger ackroyd at 8:44 AM on February 26, 2013 [2 favorites]


That's something, ain't it? So perfectly wonderful and such an apt visual to go with the song. I'm so looking forward to the album.
posted by h00py at 8:45 AM on February 26, 2013


Quite entertaining.
In the late '80's I worked at a shitty club in Toronto called The Big Bop and Floria was the Cigarette Girl at the time.
She was really nice.
The club is a Crate and Barrel now.
posted by chococat at 9:11 AM on February 26, 2013 [1 favorite]


I love that a 5 minute music video requires a long title sequence*, fan service stunt casting, recycling of the same techniques she used 15 years ago (oooh spiny people do weird dance in fast forward!) and an embarrassing Bowie-alike that will suggest boobies so there's that box ticked.

I did like the song, though!

*Of course it has pretensions of being more than mere "music video"... an Alan Resnais for the Paparazzi/People/Pantheon Magazine era.
posted by basicchannel at 9:20 AM on February 26, 2013 [1 favorite]


Erm. Not enjoying the song so much.
The whole thing is improved by putting on "Scary Monsters" at around 2:30 (which is what I did out of a deep need to refresh my palate).
posted by oneirodynia at 10:45 AM on February 26, 2013


They just needed to get Tom Hiddleston in there, to play their loving and concerned son.
posted by KHAAAN! at 10:50 AM on February 26, 2013 [1 favorite]


Then have a nice big vampire banquet.
posted by KHAAAN! at 10:52 AM on February 26, 2013 [1 favorite]


I have detected an inordinate number of Lynch references in the past several days. Perhaps someone is trying to send us a message using polarized improbability modulations of the subspace Lynch field.
posted by mubba at 10:59 AM on February 26, 2013


I like the song pretty well. Bowie has certainly done a better job of keeping it fresh & vital than 99% of his contemporaries.
posted by Devils Rancher at 11:08 AM on February 26, 2013 [1 favorite]


This is an overload of all that is good in this world. In other words, exactly what I needed after a long day at work. I might just put this on a loop.
posted by kariebookish at 11:14 AM on February 26, 2013


As long as the man doesn't end up with a lollipop sticking out of his eye, I'm good.
posted by potsmokinghippieoverlord at 11:46 AM on February 26, 2013


Perhaps someone is trying to send us a message using polarized improbability modulations of the subspace Lynch field.

You can just say "TM".
posted by aught at 12:18 PM on February 26, 2013 [2 favorites]


The song is pretty fucking awesome. I first listened to it without watching the video, on headphones. Better rock and roll than most of what the younguns in Brooklyn can muster. And David Bowie is 66.
posted by eustacescrubb at 1:45 PM on February 26, 2013 [1 favorite]


All that gorgeous androgyny just made my brain short circuit. Tilda for President of Everything.
posted by libraritarian at 1:59 PM on February 26, 2013 [2 favorites]


Definitely better than the other single from the album, and the video was interesting too.
posted by immlass at 6:42 PM on February 26, 2013


Bowie looks uncannily like Reagan.
posted by Nomyte at 8:05 PM on February 26, 2013


You stream the entire album on iTunes right now!
posted by kimdog at 5:23 PM on February 28, 2013 [1 favorite]


Oooo. Going there immediately. I loved his last album. Been looking forward to hearing this one.
posted by hippybear at 5:28 PM on February 28, 2013


The link you put in your browser to bring up the iTunes Store page which has the album stream.
posted by hippybear at 5:31 PM on February 28, 2013


And halfway through the album, I truly hope I rock this hard when I'm 66!
posted by hippybear at 5:59 PM on February 28, 2013


The 17 track deluxe edition is *floating* around now, and it's loads of fun. The Wikipedia page for the album is already pretty extensive, and lists the various release dates and tracklists that will be available.
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