Love Is Lost

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"Love Is Lost"
David Bowie - Love Is Lost cover art.jpg
Single by David Bowie
from the album The Next Day
A-side"James Murphy Remix"
  • "I'd Rather Be High" (Venetian Mix)
  • James Murphy Remix (Edit)
Released16 December 2013 (2013-12-16)
StudioThe Magic Shop (New York, NY)
  • 3:57 (album version)
  • 10:24 (James Murphy Remix)
  • 4:07 (James Murphy Remix edit)
Songwriter(s)David Bowie
David Bowie singles chronology
"Valentine's Day"
"Love Is Lost"
"'Tis a Pity She Was a Whore"
Music videos
"Love Is Lost" (Hello Steve Reich Mix by James Murphy for the DFA - Edit on YouTube
"Love Is Lost" (Hello Steve Reich Mix by James Murphy for the DFA) on YouTube

"Love Is Lost" is a song by English rock musician David Bowie from his album The Next Day. James Murphy's "Hello Steve Reich Mix for the DFA" was released as the fifth single from Bowie's 24th studio album The Next Day as a promotion for The Next Day Extra, a special edition of bonus tracks, remixes, and music videos. The remix version of the song contains cut and looped samples from a new recording of Steve Reich's 1972 piece "Clapping Music" performed by Murphy and three other musicians[citation needed], plus a sample from Bowie's 1980 hit "Ashes to Ashes."

Release details[edit]

The single release is an edited version of the remix by James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem.[4]

Bowie debuted the video at the Mercury Prize ceremony on 30 October 2013, where The Next Day was on the list for Album of the Year.[4]

A 12" limited edition white vinyl version of single was released on 16 December, which included the remix by James Murphy and the Venetian Mix of "I'd Rather Be High"[5] (also from The Next Day), a song that was also featured in Louis Vuitton's high-profile "Voyage" campaign, which included Bowie himself in a leading role.

"I'd Rather Be High" received a new anti-war video from Bowie in November and was added to the playlists of UK's Absolute Radio, BBC Radio 6 and BBC Radio 2 in December 2013.

Music videos[edit]

Assisted by photographer Jimmy King and long-time personal assistant Corinne "Coco" Schwab, Bowie wrote, shot, and edited the music video himself for a cost of US$12.99, the cost of the flash drive he had to buy to save the video on his camera.[4][6] Done over the course of 72 hours,[7] the entire video was recorded by Bowie in his Manhattan apartment during the weekend prior to its Internet release.[8] The wooden puppets of Pierrot and The Thin White Duke were produced by Jim Henson's Creature Shop for an unfinished and unreleased music video for "The Pretty Things Are Going to Hell". The price of these puppets was not included in the video budget.[citation needed]

Barnaby Roper directed the video for the 10-minute remix.[9] It contains polygons and wireframes that eventually form into a nude couple embracing.

Track listing[edit]

Side A
1."Love Is Lost" (Hello Steve Reich Mix by James Murphy for the DFA)10:24
Side B
1."I'd Rather Be High" (Venetian Mix)3:49
2."Love Is Lost" (Hello Steve Reich Mix by James Murphy for the DFA)4:07


Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalogue no.
 Europe 16 December 2013
12" 44–102199[5]


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  3. ^ Hyden, Steven (11 March 2013). "The Next Day: David Bowie's Big Return Is Whatever You Need It to Be". Grantland. Retrieved 7 December 2015.
  4. ^ a b c Jacobs, Matthew (31 October 2013), "David Bowie's 'Love Is Lost' Video Cost $12.99", The Huffington Post, retrieved 1 November 2013
  5. ^ a b c "David Bowie – Love Is Lost (Hello Steve Reich Mix By James Murphy For The DFA) (Vinyl)". Discogs. Retrieved 12 December 2015.
  6. ^ "Watch Bowie's $12.99 Love Is Lost video here now",, 31 October 2013, archived from the original on 3 November 2013, retrieved 4 November 2013
  7. ^ Flint, Hanna (31 October 2013), "Spitting image: David Bowie cradles harlequin puppet in new video, Love Is Lost, which looks just like his 1980 alter-ego", Daily Mail UK, retrieved 1 November 2013
  8. ^ Anderson, Kyle (31 October 2013), "David Bowie drops creepy 'Love Is Lost' video for Halloween: Watch it here", Entertainment Weekly, retrieved 1 November 2013
  9. ^ Gottlieb, Steven (15 November 2013). "David Bowie 'Love Is Lost' (Barnaby Roper, dir.)". VideoStatic. Retrieved 13 November 2015.