Acting opposite David was terrifying, because he had a long history as a performer and I was a model and waitress. And in the storyline we were meant to be intimate. The first album I’d ever bought was Ziggy Stardust and I owned all his others, so it was overawing, but he was really generous as a performer. There’s a scene where I sit up suddenly, as if woken from a dream, and David leaps on top of me, and I sat up and gave him a full Liverpool kiss in the face. “Oh my God, I’ve just killed David Bowie!” But he laughed and said, “I’ve got a hard head.” He was unfailingly polite, charming and a gentleman. For us to act as boyfriend and girlfriend, we did the obvious thing in Sydney – purely as method acting. After the shoot, I got a call: “Do you want to come to Europe with me?” I became a bit of a groupie for two weeks. I knew it was a passing phase. I was 23, we lived in different worlds, but he gave me an experience that I’ll never forget. We were whisked out of back doors of hotels, flying in private jets, David hiding from fans under a rug in the limousine. It was like being in the movies. – Geeling Ng, star in the China Girl video
“Crushed by the Wheels of Industry” is the last single of 1983 from synthpop trio Heaven 17 which appeared on the album The Luxury Gap. It was written by all three members. The single was released in late 1983 and peaked at #17 in the UK, spending 7 weeks on the chart. This would be the band’s last top 20 hit in the UK singles chart until 1992 which saw the release of “Temptation (Brothers In Rhythm Remix)”.
“The Walk” is the name of a 1983 single by The Cure. It later appeared on their album Japanese Whispers. “The Walk” was something of a commercial breakthrough for the group with regard to their singles output, peaking at #12 to give them their first entry into the UK top 20. It was also the first of their 17 consecutive Irish top 20 hits between 1983 and 1992. One of the three B-sides is “Lament”, which is a re-recording of a promo-single released in late 1982 for the Flexipop magazine. Unlike the earlier version, which was garbled and experimental, the lyrics are understandable and the music has better flow. The Cure recorded a completely new version of this song for their remix album Mixed Up, as the original master tapes could not be located. They later recorded an acoustic version for their Greatest Hits compilation.
[Inspired by Christian Friedländer and dedicated to all the fans at Roskilde Festival ’12]