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David Bowie mostly forgettable Tonight album (1984) is represented in my iTunes library by three decent tracks. The quirky “Blue Jean” was the first single and the only significant commercial hit from the record.
There is some discussion that, perhaps, “Blue Jean” somehow refers back to “The Jean Genie”, but nobody seems to have any evidence to support this beyond the use of the word “Jean” in both titles.
Bowie released a 21 minute mini-movie to accompany this song titled Jazzin’ For Blue Jean, about a nerdy gent (played by Bowie) trying to impress a lady by claiming to know her favorite performer, Screaming Lord Byron (also played by Bowie). For your enjoyment…
It contains a bit of brutal self-parody and criticism, though I don’t find it to be especially interesting.
“Blue Jean” is another unlikely hit that features a sax solo that is surely played by Bowie, as well as some interesting un-pop song like rhythmic moments. I think its a rather excellent song.