David Bowie and Tilda Swinton, just a normal couple driven insane by a couple of bizarre, androgynous celebrities. Wait, something sounds off. Well, that's still the premise of the second music video from Bowie's new album, featuring Swinton and directed by Floria Sigismondi, a frequent director of music videos probably best known for her feature The Runaways.
In the video, which plays out to Bowie's song "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)," Swinton and Bowie play regular folks slowly intrigued/haunted/possessed by a group of wild celebrities who have a certain Ziggy Stardust aesthetic. Swinton begins the video with an almost Marilyn-esque do:
Which she, naturally, does aerobics in:
But soon these people start to take hold:
And she ditches that hair for her characteristic short and sleek look:
Before things get totally crazy:
But here's a little thing we spotted: When David Bowie and Tilda Swinton, boring couple, look at a supermarket tabloid in a supermarket, there's this headline: "Woman Goes to Oscars Without Makeup!" — under a photo of a slightly obscured, vaguely Bowie-esque woman who looks much like Swinton did when collecting her award for Michael Clayton:
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