Saturday, 16 April 2016
N - New Killer Star
Who but we remember these?
The sidewalks and trees
I'm thinking now
I got a better way
The first CD single from David Bowie's twenty-third studio album Reality, "New Killer Star" was recorded at Looking Glass Studios, New York, and released in September 2003 with a cover of the British New Wave band Sigue Sigue Sputnik's "Love Missile F1-11" as the B-side.
Like many Bowie songs the meaning is rather ambiguous, although Bowie mentioned on several occasions that the song was partly inspired by the events following 9/11. The video uses postcard-like images to tell a story about a spaceship crashing to Earth, with implications of the appearance of a messiah (an oblique callback to Ziggy Stardust).
The lyric "Let's face the music and dance" is a reference to a song by Irving Berlin that gives a message of hope, perhaps also an admonition that we has a people should deal with the consequences of our actions.