"The Pretty Things Are Going to Hell" is a song written by David Bowie and Reeves Gabrels for the album 'hours...' in 1999. The first single release from the album in Australia and Japan, while the rest of the world got "Thursday's Child" as their first single. The first appearance of the song was on the soundtrack of the film Stigmata in 1999. It charted and peaked at #30 in Japan. The song's title takes influence from the song "Your Pretty Face Is Going to Hell" by The Stooges from their album Raw Power produced by Bowie himself.
The music video for "The Pretty Things Are Going to Hell" exists, but is unreleased. It was based around Bowie encountering four of his "past selves" (The Man Who Sold the World, Ziggy Stardust, The Thin White Duke, and Pierrot) as played by life-sized, mannequin-like puppets.
Famous quotes containing the words hell and/or pretty:
“O you singers solitary, singing by yourself, projecting me,
O solitary me listening, never more shall I cease perpetuating you
Never more shall I escape, never more the reverberations,
Never more the cries of unsatisfied love be absent from me,
Never again leave me to be the peaceful child I was before what
there in the night,
By the sea under the yellow and sagging moon,
The messenger there aroused, the fire, the sweet hell within,
The unknown want, the destiny of me.”
—Walt Whitman (18191892)
“[In response to this question from an interviewer: U. S. News and World Report described you this way: Shes intolerant, preachy, judgmental and overbearing. Shes bright, articulate, passionate and kind. Is that an accurate description?:]
Its ... pretty good [ellipsis in original].”
—Joycelyn Elders (b. 1933)