David Bowie – Wild Is the Wind

One of Bowie’s best. It’s the standout track (and the closer) on his 1976 album Station to Station – an album defined by restrained anguish, which is never more heartbreaking than here. Bowie had a very serious drug problem at the time, and says he barely remembers anything from the production of the album. The song was originally written for a movie of the same name, released in 1957. It was covered by Nina Simone twice, and hearing her versions and meeting her inspired Bowie to record his. The video captures the mood of the song perfectly. There’s very stark lighting, no set, and everyone is reading from sheet music, which adds to the dispassionate atmosphere. Bowie remains straight-faced even while performing vocal acrobatics, and there’s a saxophone player there who never plays.

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