My Teenage Wet Dream!

In and around 1992/93, most boys my age were spending their weekends at parties trying to get drunk and pick up girls. It was never really my scene because, at this time, I was getting head long into art, music and literature. My Friday nights in particular were spent scouring the shelves of my local video stores to find new and interesting films to engross myself in. Alfred Hitchcock quickly became a favourite as did the likes of David Lynch & David Croneburg. Yet, it was another David, and three particular VHS tapes that became a staple of my Friday nights in.

Those of you who know me well enough, know exactly where this is going. Yep, it’s Bowie again. I know, I know, another blog on entry on David Bowie but they say you should write about the things you love yes?

Anyway, back to those VHS tapes.

The first cab off the rank was of course Nicholas Roeg’s, “The Man Who Fell To Earth” which was made in 1975 and released in 1976. During 1993, I must have watched this film around 30 or 40 times over and not made head nor tails of it. I didn’t care to much at that point because it was a mysterious David Bowie in his first major acting role and he was one seriously fucked up cool geezer with “that” hair and a wardrobe to die for. He was emaciated, off his head on a diet of milk, red peppers and cocaine. Fuck me he was cool!

It was a fitting end that his final project was a stage play, “Lazarus” which was based on an extension of “The Man Who Fell To Earth”.

As you can see by now, my Friday nights in were pretty fucking cool! But wait, it gets better still……

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=kSJGyOmoqzQ

The second VHS tapes I rented on a regular basis was the “Serious Moonlight” tour concert film. This was Bowie hitting the big time in suave suits and sell out stadium gigs around the world wrapped up into on 90 minute package of thrills, spills and Bowie’s most loved (at the time) songs. Right from the opening bars of “Look Back In Anger” I was completely hooked with the show. And, with other personal faves like “Breaking Glass” & “What In The World”, we were off to the races! Reviews around the time likened Bowie to a then modern Frank Sinatra. They weren’t half wrong either.

The final instalment is perhaps Bowie’s most disliked tour yet, I’ve never really found too much wrong with it. Perhaps because I never actually saw it in person and encountered the problems around sound and, ironically, vision that hampered the tour across Europe during the summer of 1987? At the time, it was Bowie’s most recent solo tour and I hung onto every note, every dance move and every visual stimulation it provided me with. I ended up renting this VHS tape so much that the owner of the video store gave me the shop copy because, apparently, nobody else was renting aside from me and some other lady.

The included rendition of “Time” for me, was worth the $2 rental fee each and every time and then some. In years to come, Madonna and Michael Jackson would both take elements of The Glass Spider tour for their own concert tours during the early 90’s before they both went a bit shite.

It’s funny how particular moments stick with you more than others. One day soon perhaps, I should share with you some of the seriously fucked up films I used to watch around the same time. You see, it wasn’t always about Bowie. Well, mostly it was but I did have other interests. Anyway, these three videos were better than what any teenage wet dream could have dished up…..

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davidnewman1977

Born and raised in Sydney. Well travelled. I have a deep love for live theatre, music and the arts. Ohh, I may also have a deep love for Liverpool Football Club!

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