Wednesday, April 18, 2018

"cos he was trying to deglamorize himself"





from a film by the British Pop Artist Derek Boshier, the still features Alice Cooper, The Sweet, and, I think, Bowie

Boshier would later do the cover of Lodger, in collaboration with the photographer Duffy



his account of working with Bowie is about 33 minutes into this



Also here




Boshier also did artwork for Let's Dance, and stage sets (albeit unused) for the Serious Moonlight  tour - when Bowie I guess was trying to re-glamorize himself - or at least become a pop superstar again

The image says "I'm fit and working again" - ready to fight my way back to the toppermost of the poppermost



And here's more on Boshier's working relationship and friendship with Bowie





Thursday, April 12, 2018

glam pt 2 (pt 2)


she cuts a commanding figure

(but where oh where is the brassy sassy glitzy and gilded original video for this song?)








"peek a boo" - the Sovereign Eye / I - there is a intense opticality, a fetishistic thrill in watching and being watched running through S+B's work, which is indivisibly audiovisual (as is all true and great pop)






icon in the fire of proto-Goth desire


showing their roots right from the almost-start with this very early B-side





"hall of mirrors", "through the looking glass" - sensing a theme



not really a Dylan cover so much as a Julie Driscoll - the It Girl of Sixties swinging England - cover





Sioux and her pretty boys - and half the cosmetics counter at Boots


more on the Banshees and the Creatures

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

not really glam (2 of ???)







despite desperate image ploy, pretty standard arena fare (produced Rick Derringer) and something like missing link between Alice Cooper and Ted Nugent

Thursday, March 29, 2018

glam versus glum





Two parts of a single 1974 documentary (made by TV for schools) called All That Glitters

the first half very glittery (The Sweet at the height of the success)

the second half very drab (prog Renia in the doldrums of struggle to make it)

and aptly enough the first bit is full-colour, the second is black-and-white