Can David Bowie Save a Dying Outback Town?
Carinda hopes to cash in on 1983 video
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 19, 2014 8:00 AM CDT
Updated Mar 19, 2014 11:09 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Carinda, the remote town in the Australian outback where David Bowie shot his 1983 comeback video, "Let's Dance," is not doing so well. Ten years of drought have driven many people out of the desert town, which now has a population of less than 40. But the man who recently took over the lease of the Carinda Hotel, prominently featured in the video, has a plan to make Carinda a tourist destination, his stepdaughter Jayne Thomas tells the BBC—and it involves Bowie.

"People still come in asking about the video," explains Thomas. They're looking, tentatively, at teaming up with a tour company to offer "Bowie tours" of the pub, where locals can be seen at the bar in the video, and nearby Warrumbungle National Park, also featured in the video. "I'd like to have photos, information and the clip playing inside the pub, then go further and go year to year," Thomas says. Another idea: a "Bowie festival." But first the town would need to improve its infrastructure; right now, the run-down hotel could not host many tourists.

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Scott603
Jul 6, 2014 7:06 PM CDT
The tourists will pay for their lodging, drinks and meals with water. The ad will read "Attention truckers, do you own a 30,000L potable water truck? If so, your next vacation is on us!"
jke
Mar 20, 2014 4:21 PM CDT
David Bowie has the lagest private collection of Nazi and Third Reich artwork done by captured artists at the "request" of their captors...move all that art to this little town...it will draw a nice crowd,..tourism is a double edged sword
westword6
Mar 19, 2014 6:07 PM CDT
Might be a whole lot healthier for the town to get a grant to drill a deep well, and bill itself as a destination for people who want a taste of the quiet life, far from the David Bowies of this world.