Music Video of the Day: Life on Mars? by David Bowie (1973, dir by Mick Rock)


This video was filmed backstage at Earl’s Court in London.  It was directed by Mick Rock, who is credited with directing four videos for David Bowie.

When asked, Bowie described this song as being “a sensitive young girl’s reaction to the media.  I think she finds herself disappointed with reality… that although she’s living in the doldrums of reality, she’s being told that there’s a far greater life somewhere, and she’s bitterly disappointed that she doesn’t have access to it.”  I imagine most people have felt that way at some point during their life.  Admittedly, I haven’t but then again, who knows what the future might hold?

Is there Life on Mars?  I think Santa would definitely say that there is.  Not to mention…

That said, it’s an interesting question.  On the one hand, I’m a natural-born skeptic when it comes to aliens and UFOs.  On the other hand, the universe is really, really big.  Is it possible that we’re all alone?  For the sake of ennui, I want to say yes.  But realistically, it seems like there has to be something out there.  I guess what disappoints me is that, whenever we do find signs of life in space, it’s always little pieces of fungus or a one-celled amoeba.  What’s the use of discovering extraterrestrial life if it’s just going to be the type of stuff that usually ends up on the bottom of someone’s shoe?

Then again, I guess that’s preferable to the alternative:

Enjoy!

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