David Bowie: Valentine’s Day

Sony Music Entertainment
New York

This is a picture-disc release of a track from The Next DayThe cover is transparent, and printed with a white square containing the lyrics, which allows the image underneath to show through. The images used on the front and back of the disk are a continuation of the theme of manipulating the cover of Heroes; this time by showing a detail of Bowie’s hand over his heart. The hand is pierced by the whole needed to play the disc, symbolising the hole made by an arrow as it pierces the heart when someone falls in love. The whole in the hand also symbolises stigmata, referring to the god-like status of Bowie.