David Bowie – Fashion (1980)

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David Mallet shot a music video for the single “Fashion” in a famous nightclub owned by his friend Robert Boykin called Hurrah. The opening shot of the clip features David Bowie on the HURRAH stage which was draped in khaki canvas for this shoot. The faceted mirror walls surrounding the dance floor can be seen in the background of various shots, and all the band scenes are shot in this club setting. Other locations around Manhattan are intercut throughout the clip. Amid a series of facial contortions and other gestures, Bowie made use of a move he had employed in the “Ashes to Ashes” video: slowly crouching and bringing his arm down to the ground in a slow vertical arc. Record Mirror readers voted “Fashion” and “Ashes to Ashes” the best music videos of 1980. The video features Carlos Alomar, G.E. Smith (Hall & Oates), Khandi Alexander, the guitarist Steve Love who plays drums in the video, John Kay, May Pang (who was John Lennon’s girlfriend from 1973–1975 and who later married Tony Visconti) and Alan Hunter, who became one of the first MTV VJs and also the first VJ to appear in the music video.

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