The official video features dancers from Lindsay Kemp's mime troupe (Kemp trained both Bowie and Kate Bush in dance). Directed by Mick Rock
, it was a precursor to the kind of videos MTV aired when they launched nine years later, with studio footage of the performance intercut with quick, eye-catching shots. It was clearly ahead of its time: Top of the Pops
wouldn't play the video because they considered it too provocative.
Bowie made a lot of music videos around this time, which were actually shot on film and more accurately described as "promotional films." They aired mostly in Europe on TV variety shows, but lived on in home-video compilations and later, on YouTube. Mick Rock, who is better known as a still photographer, also directed Bowie's "Life On Mars?
," "Space Oddity
" and "The Jean Genie