Don’t Forget the Songs-365: Mach Tres: Day 94
Thurs. May 2, 2013

“Stars (Are Out Tonight)”
David Bowie


“♫ We
will never
be rid of
these stars’
But I hope
they live

Talking about their famous courtship, The Thin White Duke’s wife Iman said this about the moment she knew David Bowie was the one for her, “I remember once the laces on my trainers came undone and David was down on his knees in the middle of the street tying them for me. I thought to myself, ‘This one’s a keeper.” And David Bowie goes down on his knees for no one but something most do not realize, with their love, the greatest gift Iman has shared with Bowie is something fame, celebrity and stardom could never give him, “I don’t have that sense of loneliness that I had before, which was very, very strong.” Surprising since this is coming from the same man who once said, “I’m an instant star. Just add water and stir.” But because David is with Iman, he doesn’t have to be out on the front page to be famous, Bowie’s star shines brightest, out of the public eye, when he’s at home with his wife, daughter and family.

One thing that Bowie must have learned from Lennon while making “Fame” is the precious price of privacy. It’s no surprise that David took a page from John and ‘retired’ from show business to help raise his daughter Alexandria like Lennon did for Sean during the 1970s. And during that time just like Lennon, who wrote and made demos during his sabbatical, readied his comeback Double Fantasy album in 1980; Bowie following the Lennon playbook, unleashed his resurrection album full of anthems that include the second single “Stars (Are Out Tonight).”

“Stars (Are Out Tonight)” is Bowie’s modern day take on celebrity but don’t think of this as “Fame: The Sequel” in fact, the second single from The Next Day has a more Echo & The Bunnymen meets Ziggy Stardust vibe. I love David Torn’s Will Sergeant like soaring guitar riffs that echo the glory of Echo’s brilliant “Killing Moon.” But “Stars” is more than an ode to Ian McCulloch and Echo & The Bunnymen. “Stars” is the perfect song to reflect David Bowie lyrical awakening from his creative sleeping slumber. Producer Tony Visconti said of Bowie’s “Stars,” “This one could be of (1972’s) Ziggy Stardust…It’s a big stadium rock song.” What I love about “Stars” it sounds like David Bowie. Tony Visconti said it best, “If people are looking for classic Bowie they’ll find it on this album. If they’re looking for innovative Bowie, new directions, they’re going to find that on [The Next Day] too.” It’s like he never left and Bowie’s telling us in his own way through the beauty of this timeless rock anthem.
Just like Lennon, Bowie went away to dream it up all over again. Thanks to Iman and Alexandria, The Next Day is Bowie’s new lyrical dream coming true. Bowie’s new single proves that you don’t have to be in the public eye, mobbed by fans, photo bulbs flashing in the front pages. Bowie was wrong, you don’t need to add water and stir; all you have to do is open the window, look outside from the privacy of your home and you will realize the priceless view, the gift from up above, that we all share, when we open our lives to see the— “Stars (Are Out Tonight).”