David Bowie will shortly be releasing a new album, having been quiet for 10 years. Or is it David Bowie releasing it? Surely it’s his management, his record company, his handlers. The announcement that he has “unexpectedly recorded” the album, was made on his 66th birthday. The double 66 makes me think of the 666 hallmark of Satan, or of the inverted commas used to denote opening speech. And did Bowie himself find he had “unexpectedly” recorded the album?
The Sun newspaper says it provides “vital clues for his followers”. They are telling us we need to decode it! What is going on? Is it a very deliberate trail to follow? And is it a wild goose chase or a red herring?
The album title “The Next Day” reminds me of the day after 21.12.12. And the pre release single is “Where Are We Now”. The marketing is described as a “brilliantly executed, secretive release strategy”. I don’t like the word “executed”, it implies death. The album cover is the same as the Heroes album, except a big white square blocks out his face. Why have they symbolically removed his face? People have commented on his “matured” voice. Since no one has heard him sing since 2007, we could put it down to ageing over the last Five Years (a Bowie song). Or maybe it’s not him? In the promo, Bowie’s head sits atop the body of a stuffed animal, and mouths the lyrics. What does that symbolise? A decapitation? A replacement of body parts? A stuffing of the insides, whilst the external appearance is preserved?
The album is forecast to be Number 1, so it will be. It’s been decided already.
Bowie was invited to perform at the Olympics, and he declined, but they couldn’t do it without his music, so he was in there anyway in video form. He has no control over this. They own all his material, all footage of him. They can use it how they wish, at any event they wish.
In 2012, the Olympic ZION brand re released 4 films around the country as part of the Olympic festivities. One of these was The Man Who Fell To Earth, starring Bowie, about an alien walking amongst us, with super powers, but in some ways really quite like us. Over time he was lured by our earthly culture into alcohol, TV watching (“Get out of my mind” he screams) and superficial sex. These things are all normal and acceptable parts of our culture today.
I would say there has been a bit of a deliberate Bowie revival going on this last year. It’s something I notice, being an admirer of his work. His work includes aliens and moon landings, as well as some very spiritual godly songs around the time of The Man Who Fell To Earth. (Wild is The Wind, and Word on A Wing are two examples).
A Bowie exhibition is due at the V & A later this year, this is someone who your mother would not approve of in the 70s, now at the V & A, now mainstream and establishment acceptable. What’s going on?
This is part of a bigger puzzle for me. What happens to these talented people when they get influential? Obviously the establishment will want to control them, or shut them up. Some of them get knighthoods for their services to the Queen’s Agenda, like Paul McCartney (who is a replacement anyway) and Bob Geldof. Bowie is a big star, but he is not a Knight, and has no awards from the British Empire. What happened then? How come this Bowie revival is so curiously timed and symbolised? Either he is part of the game, willingly so, or he is blackmailed into it, or it is not actually him.
Bowie had heart surgery in 2004. What happened to him then?
An the most odd bit of all is what he is wearing in the new photo portrait. It’s very boring. It’s the same as everyone else. Black top, black jacket, and blue jeans. Blue jeans with a fashionable hole in the knee. It’s not very original is it? Almost a uniform. And Blue Jeans? He had a song called Blue Jean.
(See also: Blue Genes, Forecasting, Mind Blowing)