David Bowie’s 1971 homage to Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground, from the classic (and eclectic) “Hunky Dory” album. One of Bowie’s best balls-to-wall rock songs and one that never fails to have me bouncing around the room. Brilliantly used on the trailer for Jason Reitman’s painful and acidic 2011 comedy “Young Adult.”
With the exception of “Life on Mars?”, my other favorite ballad from Bowie’s 1971 “Hunky Dory” album is “Quicksand.” “Changes” may be the hit, and as great as this classic song is, “Hunky Dory” contains home run after home run. Why “Quicksand” isn’t a staple on classic rock radio is a major and sad oversight.
One of the many highlights from Bowie’s 1971 album “Hunky Dory,” “Life on Mars?” is one of Bowie’s finest ballads and one of the best songs ever recorded about the subject of films and film watching. The video appears to be a rare clip from the Aladdin Sane-era Bowie, with red mullet and blue mascara.