Bowie drops 'Lazarus' video, Blackstar album

Posted on Jan 8 2016 - 5:04pm by

Rock legend David Bowie haunts in his video for “Lazarus” from his 25th album “Blackstar” dropping Friday, his 69th birthday.

Playing an agitated patient in a hospital room, the famous eyes – one blue, one brown – are covered with bandages and topped with buttons. He clutches a blanket in the bed.

“I’ve got drama, can’t be stolen,” Bowie sings. “Everybody knows me now.”

David Bowie's new music video for "Lazarus" opens with him in a hospital bed,DavidBowieVEVO/via YouTube

David Bowie’s new music video for “Lazarus” opens with him in a hospital bed,

Bowie levitates off the bed as he sings, “Look up here I’m in danger. I’ve got nothing left to lose. I am so high it makes my brain whirl.”

Johan Renck, a Swedish music video director, made this arresting video, marking the second time they worked together.

“I’ve worked with a lot of artists, a lot of actors, a lot of people,” Renck told Vice’s music blog, Noisey.”But very few are that true. He’s the least pretentious guy I’ve ever met, but at the same time his ideas are deep and founded and interesting.”

In the 4-minute video, Bowie, bandages gone, wearing black and standing in front of an armoire continues singing with, “By the time I go to New York, I was living like a king.”

As usual, he’s riveting even sitting at a desk writing. The video cuts between Bowie vibrating with a strange energy as he stands before the armoire and in the bed, until he disappears into the armoire.

The album cover for David Bowie "Blackstar," his 25th record.

The album cover for David Bowie “Blackstar,” his 25th record.

“One could only dream about collaborating with a mind like that; let alone twice,” Renck told Rolling Stone. “Intuitive, playful, mysterious and profound … I have no desire to do any more videos knowing the process never ever gets as formidable and fulfilling as this was. I’ve basically touched the sun.”

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