As card-carrying superfans, it is our responsibility to watch every available video clip of David Bowie — especially the ones from the ’70s. So imagine our delight at learning that a lost 1973 clip of Bowie on Top of the Pops, which aired last night on the BBC’s Top of the Pops Christmas Special, has already made its way online. It’s a fantastic performance of “Jean Genie,” featuring all the wonderful costumes, fish-eye shots, and awkward, dancing British teenagers you might expect from such a clip. Watch it after the jump, and direct your gratitude to John Henshall, a cameraman who worked on the show and kept a personal copy of the footage — which is more than we can say for the BBC, who simply taped over their only recording of it. Oops.
[via Spin ]