Aladdin Sane (40th Anniversary Edition)
This documentary follows David Bowie around the
States of America, and explains about his
life and times after killing off his intergalactic musical alter-ego, Ziggy
Here. Check this out for some of the low-down seen in this very grass routes presentation.
was life like for
Bowiebefore Ziggy? He was a musical mime-act, who wanted to perform in live rock theatre.
does David feel about working in
America? He feels like a foreign body soaking up the culture.
- Why does he insert cut-up captions in his songs? Not only does this inclusion ignite his own creative juices, but it also makes him reflect on his future and his past.
- What did David enjoy doing as a kid at school? Telling stories and playing the saxophone.
- Why do some of his fans love him so much? Because he keeps himself a mystery, and this makes him an interesting person.
are David's stage antics so theatrical?
Bowiedoesn't think he's a very good singer, and so to disguise this fact, he performs his songs rather than sings them, just to give the overall experience an extra dimension.
- How does he feel about his fans dressing-up in the same manner he does on stage? Generally speaking, David is pleased that his 'characters' allows his fans an excuse to explore another side of themselves.
- How did David feel when he first hit the big time? He describes it as being propelled into the unknown. Very freighting. And very serious.
Bowies'characters' originate from? Himself. They're all overt factions of his innermost feelings brought to life. Some more so than others.
- Why did David kill off Ziggy Stardust? Using his own words 'Ziggy overshadowed all the other things he wanted to do'. And so when he got rid of him, it freed him up to move on.
Also, scattered throughout this feature, are the following music's clips David performed at the Los Angeles Universal Amphitheatre, amongst other venues.
- Space Oddity
- Cracked Actor
- Sweet Thing/Candidate
- Moonage Daydream
- The Width of a Circle
- Aladdin Sane
- Diamond Dogs
- John, I'm Only Dancing (Again)
And with that, music fans, David Bowie is able to return to our solar system once more.
Now before I commence my review on 'Cracked Actor', please allow me to relay a quote David Bowie once made about it...
Ouch! That sound's pretty dire, doesn't it? But don't fret, folks. This isn't a dire documentary. No. Far from it. In fact, I liked it so much; I've got to encourage any David Bowie fan out there to pick it up if they can.
Yeah. I'm not kidding around. In my eyes it was one of those programs that present's its findings in that very no-nonsense and straight forward British manner. You have the one on one interview's asking the questions that need to be asked. You have the music that any Bowie-buddy would boogie to all night long. Plus you have that very seventies style of explaining a narrative in a fractured yet timely way, that any vintage video-phile would love to sit back and relax to.
Alright. So with that out of the way with, I can now tell you how I truly feel about 'Cracked Actor'. Well, without putting too finer point on it, this feature reminded me of a character in a comic book I once read. It's the Mikel Tomas version of Starman.
Hey! Don't groan. Trust me. This is going somewhere, people.
Anyway, as I was saying, I remember reading the James Robinson and Tony Harris 'Starman' series from back in the day, which explained how Mikel always tried to find his place in the world, in relation of the people who surrounded him at the time.
Granted, at first, he was an 'alien warrior' of sorts, a warrior who defended the planet from his own race of evil despots. Over time, though, Mikel began to figure out who he was as a person and as a human being, so to speak. Gradually making his way from token hero, to token slave, to token homosexual, wanting to love and be loved for who he was, not what he represented.
Now can you see where I'm going with this, dear reader? Mikel and David are one and the same person in the eyes of 'Cracked Actor'. With both of these 'heroes' expressing themselves a single step at a time, until they get recognized as the people who they really are.
Come of it. I can't say fairer than that, can I Bowie?
Great documentary. Very poignant. Very of it's time. And very Stella by default. Nuff said.
THE RATING: A