We are all freaks, but Bowie was the freakiest first. This was a dude who had four-foot-deep sex pit in his living room so that he could get down n’ dirty with his famous friends. Labyrinth was surreal until we got a glimpse of Bowie in full costume–then it became the stuff of childhood nightmares.
That is why Jessica Lange‘s cover of pre-Ziggy Bowie on last night’s premiere episode of American Horror Story: Freak Show was especially spot on: it was (hopefully) a signifier of things to come. Just like all the material that came out after Hunky Dory, the new season of Ryan Murphy‘s most frightening show will hopefully take us on an unexpected and mind-expanding ride through a parallel universe.
The tenured American Horror Story story actress nailed the classic track with her cartoonish, eye makeup and a full band of freaks in tow. Though nothing will ever truly beat the original, a very close second is seeing Jessica Lange, in a stream of glitter and confetti, sing: “It’s the freakiest show!” Let’s see how that Lana Del Rey cover stacks up to this masterpiece.
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