Video Review: David Bowie “Modern Love”

A styrofoam silver moon hangs above the front rows of the stadium. The band members run out from the middle of the stage, turning in opposite directions. Two of his band members, one dressed in a flannel shirt and jeans and another in a red checkered jacket, white pants and a hat, clap together by the microphone. David Bowie runs out by himself and heads for his microphone.

In a yellow suit and a loose tie around his neck, he begins to perform. He waves to the audience. Two of his band members, dressed up as barbershop singers, provide background vocals. Lit in electric blue, Bowie and his band clap to the music.

Gold confetti spills out of the bottom of the moon. Fans wave their arms. A keyboardist, dressed as a cowboy, bobs his head as he plays. Bowie claps his hand as he steps away from the microphone, past his guitarist and circles back to the front row, dancing. He accepts two bouquets. He throws a flower out to the audience.

Rating: 1/5

David Bowie is only one of the several characters on stage. Bowie, as a dapper gentleman, is frenzied and straight-laced, despite his casual demeanor. He has a job to do and he’s been running late all day. Somehow, nothing seems to be going right for him.

The dismantled barbershop quartet is down to two. They maintain the enthusiasm of the and try to get Bowie to lighten up. Bowie presses for professionalism, which they adhere to, but they’d like for him to shake himself loose.

The cowboy, though, hits the keys, hee-hawing away. He had suggested a square dance during intermission but the idea was dismissed. Nonetheless, he’ll play the commercial music. He can’t wait to get back to his ranch.

It’s Bowie who connects the quirky set of characters together. However, without any set decoration to explain the context, they seem to be lost and caught off guard. Although they try to fit in as much as possible, they are bit over their heads.

Director: Jim Yukich Year: 1983

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1hDbpF4Mvkw

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Pam Avoledo spends her time binge-watching classic teen dramas and stands firm in her pro-Leyton stance. She also received her journalism degree in 2006 from Oakland University and has been published in the White Wall Review.

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