Thursday 14 December 2017

Brendan O'Connor: Bowie is back, and in the coolest of all possible moves

After a decade of silence, the last true superstar has quietly put a new song out there

Brendan O'Connor

Brendan O'Connor

There isn't much on the news these days that would wake you up with a smile. But middle-aged men who should know better all around the world woke up to delight on Tuesday morning. Just when we had nearly given up, after a 10-year silence, Bowie was back.

And the song almost didn't matter. What was so beautiful about it, what would nearly move you to tears of joy and gratitude, was how cool it all was, how defiantly old school, as befits the last superstar.

Given that David Bowie was one of the first rock stars to embrace the internet, and given that, unlike most other people, he actually managed to make money out of it, and given that Bowie was always an innovator who wrote the future and lived in it before anyone else even knew what the future was, one would have expected a new Bowie album to have been well flagged online.

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