David Bowie's 'I'd Rather Be High' Video Studies Bombs, Balloons & Dancing Soldiers: Watch

Jimmy King

David Bowie’s hasn’t taken his comeback on the road, yet. But he’s certainly been prolific on the music-video front.

The Thin White Duke has dropped a clip for “I’d Rather Be High (Venetian Mix)," another song lifted from his return album “The Next Day.”

The video, directed by London-based graphic designer Tom Hingston, juxtaposes vintage footage of battle with moments of celebration during wartime. Images of falling bombs accompany shots of floating balloons. Soldiers dance. And Bowie makes just the briefest of appearances. But strangely, it all seems to mesh with the music. 

Watch the clip below.

Bowie’s “The Next Day” went on to be a global hit on its release earlier this year, arriving at No. 1 in 15 countries including the U.K.  It was nominated for the Mercury Prize, and it’ll inevitably appear in many critics’ year-end lists.

He’s pushed the album with two different promos for “Love Is Lost,” and clips for “Valentine’s Day,” “The Next Day,” “The Stars” (Are Out Tonight)” and “Where Are We Now?”  

Always one for fashion, Bowie has separately appeared in a lavish production for Louis Vuitton, in which he plays “High” for hordes of Venetian aristocracy from behind a harpsichord.


"I'd Rather Be High (Venetian Mix)" appears on the Dec. 16 release of a special white vinyl 12" of the James Murphy mix "Love Is Lost." Murphy's remix and others appear on a three-CD re-issue of "The Next Day."


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