Dee Woods On David Bowie

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And a Happy New Year it is for David Bowie fans! This week brought with it a belated Christmas present followers of Ziggy Stardust as it emerged the Thin White Duke is actually a very dark horse.

The rock icon celebrated turning 66 with the shock release of his first single in nearly a decade. ‘Where Are We Now?’ is from Bowie’s forthcoming album ‘The Next Day’ which will be available in March and is promising to be a real “rock” record.

The project’s been in the pipeline for the past two years without an ounce of sound or vision from the Bowie camp. It’s been produced by long-time collaborator Tony Visconti and it’s nice to see Bowie hasn’t lost his lost his characteristic quirkiness over the years either.

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The album cover is simply the 1977 Heroes’ record with a white box over Bowie’s face with the title ‘The Next Day’ in it. Weirder still, the video for ‘Where Are We Now?’ looks like it could be the work of a film student on a low budget, with Bowie’s face crudely superimposed onto a hand-sized puppet-type thing that’s sitting on someone’s messy desk (the student’s?).

But the track makes up for this: a slow, warm ballad with a vocal that proves Bowie’s voice has stood the test of time. No word yet on whether his first album since 2003’s ‘Reality’ will be accompanied by a tour, but if all this Bowie talk has got you in the mood, then you can check out 6-piece cover band Rebel Rebel at The Grand Social in Dublin tomorrow night (Saturday) from 8pm. Tickets are €8 on the door.