Bowie Films Two Videos, Prepares To Release “hours…”

Although he passed the big five-o a few years back, David Bowie has been keeping busy as of late.

The Thin White Duke recently shot two videos for his upcoming album, “hours…,” in New York City. One of the clips is for the first single from the album, “Thursday’s Child,” and the other is for “The Pretty Things Are Going To Hell.” The latter song is already in stores as part of the “Stigmata” soundtrack (see “Billy Corgan, Natalie Imbruglia, David Bowie Collaborate On ‘Stigmata’ Soundtrack” ).

“hours…” will be in stores on October 5 (see “Bowie Counting Down ‘Hours’ Until Release Of Next Album” ), but that’s not the only place you’ll be able to hear his latest batch of songs; eight of the ten tracks from the album will also be surfacing on the upcoming PC game “Omikron: The Nomad Soul.” Bowie, guitarist Reeves Gabrels, and bassist Gail Ann Dorsey will be seen performing the
songs in the game (see “David Bowie Writes ‘Nomad’ Music For Virtual Game” ).

Bowie worked on “hours…” with Gabrels, with whom he has collaborated since their days in the band Tin Machine, as well as bass player Mark Plati (a member of Dave Navarro’s band, Spread) and drummer Sterling Campbell (a one-time member of Soul Asylum). Guesting on the album is former Rollins Band guitarist Chris Haskett. The track list for “hours…” includes:

  • “Thursday’s Child”
  • “Something In The Air”
  • “Survive”
  • “If I’m Dreaming My Life”
  • “Seven”
  • “What’s Really Happening”
  • “The Pretty Things Are Going To Hell”
  • “New Angels Of Promise”
  • “Brilliant Adventure”
  • “The Dreamers”

All of the songs were written by Bowie and Gabrels; “What’s Really Happening” features lyrical contributions by contest winner Alex Grant (see “Bowie Chooses Winner Of Songwriting Contest” ).
You’ll be able to check out some of these songs when Bowie’s episode of “VH1 Storytellers” airs next month.

In other Bowie news, two weeks before the release of “hours…,” on September 21, Bowie’s label, Virgin Records, will be re-releasing much of Bowie’s past catalog. The reissues include: “Aladdin Sane,” “Diamond Dogs,” Heroes,” “Hunky Dory,” “Let’s Dance,” “Lodger,” “Low,” “The Man Who Sold The World,” “Never Let Me Down,” “Pin-Ups,” “The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars,” Scary Monsters,” “Space Oddity,” “Station To Station,” “Tonight,” “Young Americans” and Tin Machine’s self-titled debut album.

Finally, Bowie has added baseball’s New York Yankees to his list of web clients. The Bronx Bombers have joined the Baltimore Orioles in hiring Bowie’s UltraStar company to create a branded online service for their team (see “Bowie Teams Up With Baltimore Orioles For Online Venture” ).