David Bowie Is Back From The Dead


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Wow, I definitely didn’t see this one coming. Contrary to popular beliefs that he is secretly dead, David Bowie is back with a single and a new album, The Next Day, due out in March. Holy shit.

It’s been a LONG time since we heard from David Bowie. Ziggy had taken an extended break from music after his last tour nearly killed him. Literally. He popped up here and there for a good decade, but he was mostly absent from any sort of musical output of his own in the 2000’s decade. With rumors of album sessions being debunked and a general feeling that maybe the man who fell to earth had retired for good this time, reality felt like it was sinking in. However, being no stranger to surprising his audience (actually, with Bowie, “surprising” is putting lightly; “freaking them the fuck out” seems more appropriate), he announced his plans to release a new album mere hours ago. You can check out the press release below right after the link to the new video for the new single “Where Are We Now?” It’s a bit of a grower and maybe it’s because I’m slightly stoned and tired (two highs that weirdly intertwine), but I kind of like it after the second listen. It’s just good to have him back, I guess. Happy Birthday, Ziggy!:

Where Are We Now? – David Bowie

Press Release

In the early morning hours of Tuesday the 8th January, Iso/Columbia Records released a new single by David Bowie titled ‘Where Are We Now?’ exclusively launching in the iTunes Store in 119 countries. David Bowie’s first new album in ten years and his 30th studio recording, THE NEXT DAY is also available as a pre-order on iTunes with a wide release scheduled for March. January the 8th is of course David Bowie’s birthday, a timely moment for such a treasure to appear as if out of nowhere.

Throwing shadows and avoiding the industry treadmill is very David Bowie despite his extraordinary track record that includes album sales in excess of 130 million not to mention his massive contributions in the area of art, fashion, style, sexual exploration and social commentary. It goes without saying that he has sold out stadiums and broken ticket records throughout the world during this most influential of careers.

In recent years radio silence has been broken only by endless speculation, rumor and wishful thinking ….a new record…who would have ever thought it, who’d have ever dreamed it! After all David is the kind of artist who writes and performs what he wants when he wants…when he has something to say as opposed to something to sell. Today he definitely has something to say.

Produced by long term collaborator Tony Visconti, ‘Where Are We Now?’ was written by Bowie, and was recorded in New York. The single is accompanied by a haunting video directed by Tony Oursler which harks back to David’s time in Berlin. He is seen looking in on footage of the auto repair shop beneath the apartment he lived in along with stark images of the city at the time and a lyric constantly raising the question Where Are We Now?

“The moment you know, you know you know” resonates from the new single’s lyric. Now we all know…David Bowie has been in the recording studio…just when we least expected it!!

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The Next Day tracklisting

Standard Version:

01. The Next Day 3:51

02. Dirty Boys 2:58

03. The Stars (Are Out Tonight) 3:56

04. Love Is Lost 3:57

05. Where Are We Now? 4:08

06. Valentine’s Day 3:01

07. If You Can See Me 3:16

08. I’d Rather Be High 3:53

09. Boss Of Me 4:09

10. Dancing Out In Space 3:24

11. How Does The Grass Grow 4:33

12. (You Will) Set The World On Fire 3:30

13. You Feel So Lonely You Could Die 4:41

14. Heat 4:25

Total (Approximately) 53:14

Deluxe Version

01. The Next Day 3:51

02. Dirty Boys 2:58

03. The Stars (Are Out Tonight) 3:56

04. Love Is Lost 3:57

05. Where Are We Now? 4:08

06. Valentine’s Day 3:01

07. If You Can See Me 3:16

08. I’d Rather Be High 3:53

09. Boss Of Me 4:09

10. Dancing Out In Space 3:24

11. How Does The Grass Grow 4:33

12. (You Will) Set The World On Fire 3:30

13. You Feel So Lonely You Could Die 4:41

14. Heat 4:25

Bonus tracks:

15. So She 2:31

16. I’ll Take You There 2:44

17. Plan 2:34

Total (Approximately): 61: 03

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