Bowie - Life on Mars? by Rock Photographer Mick Rock - July
1973 Can you believe that his video is 34 years old? It
looks so good online you would think it was made yesterday.
watch it now
Bowie was a huge influence for this web site.
film school, I saw my first online video. It was small,
strangely grainy and took forever to download on my phone
line, but I was so excited about this new way to watch films.
My friends were very into old school filmmaking and the
"look" of film. I went on and on about how anyone
all over the world could see it! Isn't that cool? Nobody
thought it was cool. They wanted to shoot 35mm, move to
L.A. and make a feature.
that same time, I kept seeing and hearing David Bowie everywhere.
I heard "Life on Mars?" in the grocery store.
Don’t you think that’s a weird song to hear
in the grocery store? I saw him on cute guys vintage tee
shirts, on a coffee mug etc... and as I write this a girl
is singing a slow version of "Modern Love" on
a commercial. Weird. So I came home one day and was flicking
through the channels and David Bowie was being interviewed
on MuchMusic. They were asking him why he chose music for
his artistic platform and not another on of his talents.
He said that music was just a way to affect culture and
to reach the most people at the time. He said that if he
was starting out today, he would probably be making things
and putting them on the Internet because that is the most
modern art form. David Bowie thought it was cool.
of my film school friends moved away, never to be heard
from again. A handful of us stayed in Vancouver and got
a website and started making web shows. We just went over
a million episodes watched. We are seen in 135 countries.
OUTtv found us online and our web shows are turning into
So, thank you David Bowie for the inspiration
and to Mick Rock for "Life on Mars?", our pick
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