With David Bowie reissuing his new album The Next Day next week — a mere seven months after its release — in an expanded three-disc set, he took the opportunity to drop a Halloween surprise: a creepy, puppet-filled video for LCD Soundsystem mastermind James Murphy’s remix of “Love is Lost,” one of the new edition’s bonus tracks.
According to Bowie’s website, it’s “one of the world’s most cheaply produced music videos”:
Last week David Bowie had an idea. His new single, ‘LOVE IS LOST’, was to be released this week and a video clip was needed.
Eschewing both celebrity guests and splashy production, Bowie picked up his domestic camera from home, rescued a couple of puppets from his legendary archive and wrote, shot and edited the entire video over this last weekend in the darkened corridor of his office in Manhattan, New York.
With his assistant Jimmy King on camera and best friend Coco Schwab handling everything from continuity to sandwiches they worked through the evenings finishing on Monday morning, sending it out to the rest of the world.
The result of this speedy production is a strangely moving gothic inflected storyline perfect for Halloween. And the cost? Just $12.99 for the thumb drive to download the finished video on.
Watch it below:
David Bowie, “Love Is Lost” (Hello Steve Reich Mix by James Murphy for the DFA)
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