David Bowie – The Next Day (NSFW)

David Bowie just proves how incredibly ballsy he is. The title track from his latest album The Next Day is a startlingly old-school track, reminiscent of such tracks as Changes and Golden Years. But the video is what’s getting him a great deal of attention from the likes of the Catholic Church.

Starring Gary Oldman as a Catholic priest and Marion Cottillard as a scantily clad lady of the night, the video gives us a peek at what the stringent collar of the cloth does to let their hair down. It’s definitely a jarring bit of video, something that seems to be Bowie’s theme for his latest album.

With Bowie portraying The Messiah, self-flogging, His Holiness giving dollars to the wretches who’ve come to kiss his hand, and the spontaneous appearance of stigmata, this is most certainly a video clip that’s both controversial and very much a deeper look at the hypocrisy of humanity’s desire to worship idols in lieu of lifting themselves up from their own depravity. It’s both gory and beautiful, frightening and enlightening. David Bowie has most certainly not lost hist touch.

Director: Floria Sigismondi
Starring: Gary Oldamn, Marion Cotillard

Camiele

As unexpected as my path was to loving all things weird, more unexpected is my ability to get attention for writing about the stuff.

7 Responses

  1. mirella says:

    LOL I am so out it. The last time I heard about Sigismondi was back in the late 90s with videos like Dead Man Walking, Little Wonder, Tourniquet and The Beautiful People.

    • amy says:

      @mirella, Sigismondi has been quite active after the 90s. I’m enjoying how much Bowie is out-matching Timberlake, though. First with their comeback announcements, single release dates and music video releases xD, if it continues like this Bowie will snatch Record, Album and Song of the Year from under Timberlake’s nose. LOL

      • Camiele says:

        @amy, I wouldn’t be so sure about that. Awards like that, especially if we’re talking about Grammy’s and all that, usually have more to do with seeming popularity than anything else. Though, I’m hoping so. Just in terms of music, clearly Bowie’s a cut above and beyond Timberlake… who’s album is more production than actual music… HaHa.

        • amy says:

          @Camiele, well, Bowie reached #1 on Billboard without barely any promotion. He just dropped the single out of nowhere and he rolled from there. While JT released the teaser of the teaser, to then release the teaser telling us when he’d be dropping the single. LOL And he’s been heavily promoting the album, plus its upcoming 20/20 Experience Part 2 xD

          There are, of course, chances that he’s going to win a couple of awards in the pop/r&b categories, but the general categories seem to be hinting at Bowie. Then again, I’ve never done Grammy predictions, and I haven’t been religiously following the awards for a few couple of years (unlike Oscars), but the trend seems that way. For the last couple of years, Country music has been winning pretty decently in the general categories with Taylor Swift and Lady Antebellum winning some, so I think a lot of people are pissed off with it all. If rock music has to make a general category comeback, what better way than with Bowie?

      • Rodrigo says:

        @amy, Funny how you mention JT since both used Sigismondi for their MVs. Bowie knows how to use her better and can attract big name actors easily. But if JT uses Sigismondi again, it better be for Pusher Love Girl.

        Bowie or Timberlake can win Album of the Year because Adele hasn’t done a new album yet. But if Skyfall (song) is elegible for Song of the Year, they’re fucked because everyone “loves” her.

        • amy says:

          @Rodrigo, Adele’s new album is up for a 2014 release according to news. But the Sigismondi connection was there, I think their album announcements and single releases have been apart for like a week, so it really is funny. I don’t think JT’s planning to release a new MV, since he seems busy promoting his tour. He even skipped the MET Gala the other day, and everyone’s been raging on him because his tickets are so expensive ($250 bucks, I heard xD).

  2. Camiele says:

    @amy, I sure hope so. I stopped actually watching award shows in like 2006 or so… HaHA. I mean, you already knew who all was gonna win, so it was rather pointless, especially if they were people who really just didn’t deserve it based on the merit of their music. All I can say is I sincerely hope that’s a trend that’s changing. And I hope to GAWD JT doesn’t win for R&B… because, really, there are people who deserve that WAY more than he does. He’s pop… nothing more.

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