David Bowie: The Stars (Are Out Tonight)

The Stars (Are Out Tonight)
David Bowie - The Stars (Are Out Tonight) (Album art / Courtesy the artist)

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There's another new song from David Bowie and it's called "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)." This is the second Bowie song in the past few months after a dry spell that lasted ten years. You can hear the song and watch the video, which contains some nudity, here.

Producer Tony Visconti described the new Bowie album, The Next Day, which will be out on March 12, as "quite a rocker." You may recall that the first tune, "Where Are We Now?," which was released on Bowie's 66th birthday, was a ballad. "The Stars (Are Out Tonight) is Bowie once more playing with the word star as an object of fame and something that lives and burns forever. Think "Star," "Starman," "Ziggy Stardust," "Lady Stardust," "The Prettiest Star," "Shining Star (Makin' My Love)," and "New Killer Star" on his last record, Reality, from 2003 (not to mention "Fame"). "Stars are never sleeping," he sings on this new song. "They'll burn you with their radiant smiles, trap you with their beautiful eyes."

Though we think of Bowie having many sounds, there is still a classic Bowie that pops up so often. A Bowie filled with an uplifting swagger. He's in good voice here, with a good strong guitar band. Whether "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)" or "Where Are We Now?" will draw in new fans is a bit hard to say.

The album The Next Day will be out first in Germany on March 8th and then in the U.S. on March 12. Tony Visconti, who has been producing David Bowie records since 1969's Space Oddity, told the BBC, Visconti said, "If people are looking for classic Bowie they'll find it on this album. If they're looking for innovative Bowie, new directions, they're going to find that on this album too."

The video for the song features multiple Bowies as well, played by younger actors. The Bowie played by the actual David Bowie looks a bit like Bing Crosby, a handsomely aged man in a cardigan in a happy marriage (actress Tilda Swinton plays his wife). That world gets upended when a celebrity couple physically intrude and abuse their tranquility. The video is directed by photographer, writer and director Floria Sigismondi.

NPR's Bob Boilen contributed to this story.

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