Bowie’s New Music Video for “The Stars (Are Out Tonight)”: Just As Strange As You’d Expect

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The legendary David Bowie has a new music video and single, “The Stars (Are Out Tonight)“. The music video, directed by Floria Sigismondi (writer and director of The Runaways as well as countless other amazing music videos), begins in a similar fashion to an awesomely bad 80s movie. It then progresses on to be something so fantastically strange that even without Bowie starring and singing, you’d think he had a part in making it.

I think David Bowie chose Tilda Swinton to be in this video to prove that they are, in fact, two different people, but she’s a welcome addition and really rocks that crazy eyeliner and fluorescent workout suit. The video then goes on to have some creepy starlets, played by Andrej Pejic and Saskia De Brauw, chasing around Bowie and Swinton and eventually possessing them. The androgyny and gender play in this video is so great and even includes a female version of young Bowie. I can’t be sure, but is that a lesbian sex scene?

What do you think of it: Weird? Genius? Weirdly genius? Excited to see what’s on the rest of Bowie’s new album, The Next Day?

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Hansen is the former DIY & Food Editor of and likes to spend most days making and cooking and writing. She teaches creative writing at Colorado State University and is pursuing a Masters of Fine Arts in her free time.

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  1. This is a combination of three of my favorite people and one person I had not heard of but who also seems awesome (Saskia De Brauw, you seem cool and I like you!). Goodness gracious this is the best.

  2. This was interesting and I like David Bowie quite a lot, but I’d like to remind people again that Swinton thinks raping 13 year old girls is excusable is you’re a “great artist”.

    As a survivor of childhood sexual abuse I find people’s short memories in this area to be painful and annoying. People still like Whoopi “it’s not RAPE-rape” Goldberg too for some reason.

  3. Totally read this as “Bowtie”s New Music Video” and was expecting dancing bowties. Someone should do a cover…

  4. Did anyone even notice that in the upper right corner of the fanzine that he picks up in the store is a photo of him from “The Man Who Fell to Earth”?

  5. Fascinating video but music wise I was actually a bit disappointed after Where Are We Now, even though that video went over the Rauschenberg deep end…

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