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Serious Moonlight (1983 film)

Serious Moonlight
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Recorded12 September 1983
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Serious Moonlight is the title of a David Bowie concert video. Filmed in Vancouver on 12 September 1983, on the singer's "Serious Moonlight Tour", the video was released on VHS and laserdisc in 1984 and on DVD in 2006. The concert includes most of the songs from the concert although "Star", "Stay", "The Jean Genie", "Red Sails" and "Modern Love" were left off the 1984 release due to time constraints; the songs were not reinstated for the 2006 DVD release.

A live version (audio only) of "Modern Love", recorded on 13 July 1983 at a show in Montreal and originally released as the B-side to the studio version of the same song, can be found elsewhere on the 2006 DVD release as background music for the photo gallery.

The audio and exact setlist from the concert film was reused for the Serious Moonlight (Live '83) live album, included with the Loving the Alien (1983–1988) box set in 2018 and released separately the following year; the live album additionally includes the aforementioned live recording of "Modern Love" as the final track.

Track listing

All songs were written by David Bowie, except where noted.

DVD Tracklisting

No.TitlePlace of originLength
2."Look Back in Anger" (Bowie, Brian Eno)Lodger 
3.""Heroes"" (Bowie, Eno)"Heroes" 
4."What in the World"Low 
5."Golden Years"Station to Station 
6."Fashion"Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) 
7."Let's Dance"Let's Dance 
8."Breaking Glass" (Bowie, Dennis Davis, George Murray)Low 
9."Life on Mars?"Hunky Dory 
10."Sorrow" (Feldman, Goldstein, Gottehrer)Pin Ups 
11."Cat People (Putting Out Fire)" (Bowie, Giorgio Moroder)Let's Dance 
12."China Girl" (Bowie, Iggy Pop)Let's Dance 
13."Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)"Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) 
14."Rebel Rebel"Diamond Dogs 
15."White Light/White Heat" (Lou Reed)White Light/White Heat 
16."Station to Station"Station to Station 
17."Cracked Actor"Aladdin Sane 
18."Ashes to Ashes"Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) 
19."Space Oddity/Band introduction"David Bowie 
20."Young Americans"Young Americans 
21."Fame/End Credits" (Bowie, John Lennon, Carlos Alomar)Young Americans 

CD Tracklisting

Disc 1
1."Look Back in Anger"3:07
3."What In The World"3:44
4."Golden Years"3:31
6."Let's Dance"4:34
7."Breaking Glass"3:00
8."Life on Mars?"4:07
10."Cat People (Putting Out Fire)"4:20
11."China Girl"5:27
12."Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)"3:42
13."Rebel Rebel"2:24
Disc 2
1."White Light/White Heat"5:36
2."Station To Station"8:58
3."Cracked Actor"3:58
4."Ashes to Ashes"3:51
5."Space Oddity/Band Introduction"6:32
6."Young Americans"5:25
8."Modern Love"3:54


Chart (1984) Peak
US Top Music Video 10
US Top VHS Sales 13

Ricochet (2006 DVD extra)

The 2006 DVD release of Serious Moonlight also contains, as an extra, the 1984 documentary/ concert film Ricochet, chronicling Bowie's experiences in Hong Kong, Singapore, and Bangkok on the Asian leg of the Serious Moonlight tour. Ricochet was previously released to home video in the mid-1980s in a shorter version, separately from the Serious Moonlight video.

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