There was one more video that I bought in 1994, and it was something that I had seen at a record show dealer table and figured “what the hell” and paid a few dollars for. It was a video single [on VHS] of the clip”Day-In, Day-Out” from the ill-starred “Never Let Me Down” album of 1987. I had the 7″ clip on the “Video Collection” laserdisc but included here was the 12″ dance mix video, which [I’m reaching back here…] I may have seen once on Night Tracks the TBS weekend late-night video programming block. I think I watched this a single time and yes, making the tired song twice as long did nothing to improve the overall vibe. The long and short versions were here along with “Loving The Alien.”
I was much better off finally buying [used] Rykodisc CDs of albums that I had never heard yet. In close succession, I bought “Aladdin Sane” and “Pinups” from the used bins.
I only had familiarity with the great “Jean Genie” and I had heard a few tracks from here on “Sound + Vision” but there was an intriguingly curdled vision of a degenerate America throughout the cluster of songs. “The big winner here was definitely “Panic In Detroit,” which sounded like an apocalyptic Bo Diddley track. It was far more powerful than the somewhat dissolute version I had heard to little effect in its 1979 version included as a bonus track on “Scary Monsters.”
“Pinups” was a much lesser album, being exclusively covers. All from the UK beat/mod era, though The Easybeats were Commonwealth ringers from Australia [sssh!]. Most of these suggested that Bowie was coasting after abandoning Ziggy but not yet having a bead on his next concept.
As 1994 became 1995, word began to leak out that Bowie had found his next concept, and I could not have been more excited. He was reuniting with Brian Eno for a new album due that year! It was a concept to gladden the heart of any Bowie aesthetes still riding that particular bus.
Next: …Be careful what you wish for