Columbia RecordsTo coincide with what would have been David Bowie‘s 70th birthday on Sunday, January 8, a new video for one of the late music legend’s final recordings, “No Plan,” premiered on his official website and YouTube channel. In addition, a digital EP called No Plan that includes that song and three other recent Bowie tracks was released and is available via various online music sellers.
The “No Plan” video, which was directed by Tom Hingston, focuses on a stack of old televisions in a rain-soaked storefront window. Passers-by stop to watch the static-filled screens, on which the song’s lyrics appear, as do a series of video clips that include a white bird flying, floating hot-air balloons and a rocket disappearing into the sky. At the end of the clip, a vintage photo of Bowie singing into an old-fashioned microphone appears and then fades away. Interestingly, the store in the video is called Newton Electrical, an apparent nod to the alien character Bowie played in the 1976 cult film The Man Who Fell to Earth, Thomas Jerome Newton.
In addition to the title track, the No Plan EP includes “Lazarus,” “When I Met You” and “Killing a Little Time.” All four tracks also appear on the posthumously released soundtrack to the Lazarus stage production, which Bowie co-wrote and is a sequel of sorts to The Man Who Fell to Earth. The song “Lazarus,” of course, also is featured on David’s final studio album, Blackstar, which he released on his 69th birthday, January 8, 2016, two days before his death.
Meanwhile, on Sunday, Bowie’s widow, Iman, posted a tribute to her late husband on Twitter that reads, “Jan 8th #ForeverLove #BowieForever,” along with a drawing of David as a boy and with a multi-colored lightning bolt on his face.
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