For years David Bowie had been quiet. Some fans just assumed he had retired. But in the wee hours of January 8 — his birthday, as it happens– he announced the imminent release of his first album in a decade, The Next Day. He then released — with no prior adieu — a single and video for “Where Are We Now?”

This morning (December 5), Bowie again, with no heads-up given, debuted a new video for “I’d Rather Be High (Venetian Mix – Wasted Edit).”

The video, featuring what appears to be vintage footage of soldiers celebrating their return home from war, reflects the lyrics in the seemingly anti-war song: “I’d rather be high/I’d rather be flying/I’d rather be dead/Or out of my head/Than training these guns on those men in the sand.”

As for Bowie, the footage of him singing the song is filtered and warped. He’s present, but not but not as present as compared to his recent clips for “The Next Day” or “The Stars (Are Out Tonight).”  Or even his recent Louis Vuitton ad.


— Brian Ives, 


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