Velvet Goldmine

It's a song (1971) and a movie (1998.) Both are great, and neither one reached the huge audiences they deserve. "Velvet Goldmine" was recorded during the Ziggy Stardust sessions. But it got left off the album (a little too sexy-suggestive - "naked on your chain, I'll be your King
Volcano" - even in the golden glory days of glam.) Velvet Goldmine, the movie, was officially a bomb, losing millions of dollars. But they both capture the wondrous weirdness, the fey slippery feel that Bowie perfected. He hated the movie script and refused to let his music be used on the soundtrack. Still, he looms over the whole story, just as the song - robbed of its title - lurks in the background, a hot and smoky ghost. 

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