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David Bowie’s Ashes to Ashes and THAT Video.

David Bowie’s Ashes to Ashes and THAT Video.

David Bowie in the Pierrot Costume he wore for the video shoot.

From the white noise, cranking music and unusual Japanese rapping over the top of the first album track (’It’s No Game’) I loved David Bowie’s Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) album when I bought it in September of 1980.

A classic screenshot for the video.

A classic screenshot image from the Ashes to Ashes video.

There was something jarringly discordant about a lot of it, which chimed perfectly with my life back then – as described in Bombed Out! my 1970s-1980s Punk and New Wave memoir.

Another classic image screenshot.

Another classic image screenshot.

When I listen to the album today, it still reminds me of trying to get to grips with studying after my band period had ended, when I was on the dole and beset with various personal difficulties, pressures and tensions.

Bowie in a screenshot from the Ashes to Ashes video.

Bowie in a screenshot from the Ashes to Ashes video.

I mention the album in the book as being one of the memorable releases of 1980.

Bowie had released a single off the album a month earlier – Ashes to Ashes, and watching that video was another memorable musical event for me back in 1980. I couldn’t believe what I was watching. It seemed like so much genius in a crazy, tinted video.

Memorable extras - including Steve Strange in a screenshot for the video.

Memorable extras – including Steve Strange, left, in a screenshot from the video.

The video was actually shot on Southend Beach and the now-departed Steve Strange appeared in it (see above and below)

Stve Strange second from left.

Steve Strange second from left.

The video cost a quarter of a million pounds to produce, and was the most expensive music videos ever made back then.

Both the single and the album got to Number 1 in the UK very quickly that year, and I remember playing the album for a long time after that, and I still like it.

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Bowie in another screenshot fromt he video. When I think back to it I can only ever remember the beach scenes and the earthmover.

Bowie in another screenshot from the video. When I think back to it I can only ever remember the beach scenes and the earthmover in the video, so I was surprised to re-watch it recently.

Below is the video for Ashes to Ashes.

David Bowie – Ashes To Ashes

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