“Ashes to Ashes”: Bowie leaves behind Major Tom the Junkie

In August 1980, David Bowie released the music video for a single off of his upcoming album Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps). At the time, “Ashes to Asheswas the most expensive music video produced to date, weighing in at a whopping quarter-million pounds. Produced by Bowie and Tony Visconti, the post-punk, new wave song rose to the top of the charts in the UK. The audio-visual composition remains today one of Bowie’s most artistically complex creations, imbued with personal nostalgia, convoluted religious references, a jaded moral dilemmas. This post will delineate my humble analysis of the rich meanings in the layered visual and lyrical content of Ashes to Ashes.

Click the link to view my PDF diagram of the song:

Ashes to Ashes Diagram


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