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David Bowie releases new album!
8 January 2013
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Zig!! Joe!! Great news for Bowie fans :)

http://www.davidbowie.com/news.....-boy-47841

And we got video!! I have to say.. I like the song!

http://www.davidbowie.com/visi.....miere=true

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8 January 2013
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Saw it mentioned on BBC Breakfast. Went hunting and found new website and video. Then found this mention. The song sounds great... pretty close to vintage Bowie!

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8 January 2013
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Great video by Tony Oursler.

 

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8 January 2013
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Tony Visconti producing! Song about Berlin days! This album could be fantastic. Roll on March!

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8 January 2013
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Blimey, after years and years of inactivity and solace- I thought he might have been ill or something. Wasn't his last release 2004?

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8 January 2013
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Now im not a huge Bowie fan at all and maybe its because of the crap that im being force fed by mainstream radio but flipping heck that song is really good. Very impressed. If the rest of the album is up to that standard then it will be incredible and a fitting return for someone who rightly is a Legend in music.

You can buy Where Are We Now on itunes. Well worth it and something to look forward too.

 

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8 January 2013
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He had heart problems and cancelled his last tour. Glad to hear he's back, but the new song (and the "Heroes"-style album cover) look suspiciously like a farewell to me. Hope it's not an ill man.

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8 January 2013
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Thanks for the link. The song's gorgeous. Out of curiosity, anyone know who the woman in the video is?

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9 January 2013
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The woman is rumored to be Jacqueline Humphries, wife of the video's director Tony Oursler. That would make sense given the total success of the secrecy maintained around the release.

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9 January 2013
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People have suggested it's Bjork, but when she pulls away at the end you can see it's not her.

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9 January 2013
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A little more research on Jacqueline Humphries reveals her to be an artist involved in the New York scene. There are a few photographs of her out there. Though six years old I think this is the best face shot I've found:

 

 

While not ready to say it definitely is her, there is nothing about this photograph that leads me to dismiss her as a strong possibility.

 

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9 January 2013
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It looks like her. Watch the final few seconds: 

In other news, Tony Visconti says the album is a lot rockier, and he was surprised that this was the first single. I'm glad to hear that. The drums on the new song are very Low-like too, I noticed.

Still not sure about the album artwork though. Here's an interesting interview with the designer: http://virusfonts.com/news/2013/01/david-bowie-the-next-day-that-album-cover-design/

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9 January 2013
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The Sun newspaper reports that it is indeed Jacqueline Humphries.

If folks havent seen it the cover of the new album is

which is the Heroes cover (seen below) with the word Heros scored out at the top and a white square box pasted over his face and the words 'The Next Day' written in. I think its quite cool.

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9 January 2013
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I only did a quick check on the video when I found the photograph. I forgot about the pullaway at the end. I'd say mystery woman no longer a mystery. What about the "Song of Norway" t-shirt? I don't know as much about Bowie as I do a few others' I follow, but I seem to remember him talking about an important early girlfriend who left him to go off and make a film by that name.

Great links Joe. Especially like the interview on album artwork.

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9 January 2013
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Ah! Good spot. Yes, Song Of Norway probably refers to Hermione Farthingale, for whom he wrote Letter To Hermione on the Space Oddity album. I didn't know there was a film of that name.

All this nostalgia does make me wonder if this is a farewell. I do hope not. It sort of reminds me of the last stuff Queen put out when they knew Freddie was dying (These Are The Days Of Our Lives, Show Must Go On). Then again, Bowie's referenced his past work before (eg Ashes To Ashes).

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9 January 2013
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I'm even less of a Bowie fan than a Beatles fan (I like about 5 of his songs a lot -- not much material there for fandom); but I was intrigued by the German lyrics in this song, and what someone meant above by saying they reflect "the Berlin days".  What does that allude to?

P.S.:  This song here really quite needs the accompanying video.  I wouldn't like the song 1/10th as much without it.

 

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Funny Paper said
I'm even less of a Bowie fan than a Beatles fan (I like about 5 of his songs a lot -- not much material there for fandom); but I was intrigued by the German lyrics in this song, and what someone meant above by saying they reflect "the Berlin days".  What does that allude to?

After nearly killing himself with an astronomical cocaine addiction when he was making it big in America in the mid-70s, Bowie relocated to Berlin to come off drugs and get his head together. While there his music made a radical departure from soul to electronic music, with the aid of Iggy Pop, Brian Eno and various other underground luminaries. The "Berlin Trilogy" are the albums Low, Heroes and Lodger. The first two are among his best records, Low possibly even his best in my eyes.

Also when you say "not much material there for fandom", what do you mean? He's put out absolutely tons of stuff, and the absolute majority of his music from the Seventies is extremely highly regarded, interesting and eclectic.

 

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9 January 2013
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My reference to "the Berlin days" is that the song appears to reflect on the time he spent living in Berlin and cleaning up from drugs in the mid- to late 70s, sharing a flat with Iggy Pop. During that period, working with Brian Eno, he recorded three of his most important and influential albums - Low, "Heroes", and Lodger. Bowie also co-produced Iggy Pop's The Idiot and Lust for Life during this time.

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10 January 2013
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Ben Ramon said Also when you say "not much material there for fandom", what do you mean? He's put out absolutely tons of stuff, and the absolute majority of his music from the Seventies is extremely highly regarded, interesting and eclectic.
 

Thanks to Ben Ramon and mja for the background info on "Berlin".  Berlin in the late 70s is an interesting choice to go for rehab.

As for my comment Ben, I meant my taste only likes about 5 of his songs, which is why I can't muster fanship for him.  My favorite song of his is "Don't Look Down", followed closely by "Fame".

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The Berlin Trilogy is a bit of a misnomer, btw, as only "Heroes" was recorded there. The Eno Trilogy would be more appropriate.

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