Music Video Spotlight: “The Stars Are Out Tonight” by David Bowie
If you are familiar with David Bowie’s music and music videos, then you know that anything David Bowie does will be a bit out there.
The song “The Stars Are Out Tonight” discusses people’s obsession with celebrities and how celebrities or the people who represent them take advantage of that.
The music video directed Floria Sigismondi takes the song to another level by showing the viewer what celebrities could do to everyday people. It features not only David Bowie, but also actress Tilda Swinton as his wife and model Iselin Steiro as a younger David Bowie.
This is my favorite music video from The Next Day because of who stars in it, and because it is so weird and creative and so intelligent. The weirdness immerses you in the video and lets you feel things from the perspective of Bowie’s character and Bowie himself.
Bowie’s videos that are set in real life make you think about the lyrics more and how they reflect your life and the world around you. It is something that Bowie has always done in the past and something I’ve always appreciated about Bowie.
“The Stars Are Out Tonight” is from Bowie’s 2013 surprise comeback album The Next Day. It is also the second of five music singles that have been released so far and the second of five music videos made to promote the album.