EARLIER THIS YEAR, we made the long trek out to Carinda, NSW – a remote, former cotton-producing community, 400-odd miles north-west of Sydney – to find out what had become of the outback town that David Bowie visited more than 30 years ago.
Bowie had turned up out of the blue, in March 1983, to shoot the video for his comeback hit Let's Dance – which, to this day, remains his biggest-selling record.
The country town featured in the clip has seen better days – the drought has seen to that – but there were still several locals who recalled the bizarre moment when Bowie and a film crew rocked up in the local pub, seemingly out of nowhere.
The pub itself, the Carinda Hotel, remains virtually unchanged today (although, like the town, it is in dire need of financial assistance from state and federal agencies). At the time of publication, there were tentative plans to turn the site into a tourist attraction.
You can read the full story – and watch the accompanying video – HERE.
(The Carinda Hotel has since set up its own Facebook page, which you can like here.)
First published by BBC News (UK/Worldwide).