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VIDEO: David Bowie and Gary Oldman in bloody clip for “The Next Day”

| May 8, 2013

David Bowie and Gary Oldman onscreen together again? No, it’s not the second coming of Basquiat (although we wouldn’t be surprised if the singer doesn’t resurrect that Warhol wig soon).  In the video for the title track of Bowie’s comeback album, The Next Day, the singer – dressed as a nondescript extra from any number of Jesus biopics – observes a debauched gathering of religious personnel that turns bloody when Oldman, as a man of the cloth with slick Danny Zuko hair, engages Marion Cotillard in that most sinful exercise: dancing.

Conceived and written by Bowie and directed by Floria Sigismundi, the edgy clip already conflicted with YouTube’s Terms of Service with Billboard reporting its removal from the site. Those pointed, gold pasties must have pushed the envelope. No worries, you can watch the not-so-holy event below through Vevo.

— Janine Schaults

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  1. Vinnie says:

    Danny Zuko hair? WTF? What about the MUSIC?