Speed Of Life: David Bowie Song-by-Song Thread

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by prymel, Apr 30, 2023.

  1. Cat People

    Cat People Forum Resident

    West Midlands
    DITS - Yeah, I totally concur with these views and others who went easier on it, for what it is. 3/5

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  2. Amnion

    Amnion Forum Occupant

    Ontario, Canada
    Exactly. It's schlock, but funny and fun. They were almost making fun of themselves, and fed some people who were hungry.
    If it saved one kid from starving, it was worth it.
    It was never offered as a serious musical statement. We have Dancing in the Street Derangement Syndrome
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  3. dba69

    dba69 Forum Resident

    dancing in the street 3/5

    1985: head down if you're a bowie fan
    now: two guys goofin' around and having fun

    and it was for a good cause, so to hell with musical ambitions.
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  4. Piiijiii

    Piiijiii Hundalasiliah

    Ruhr Area, Germany
    Dancing In The Street

    Good pop fun. My 14-year old self bought the single and loved it ... so I let him vote.

  5. mark winstanley

    mark winstanley Certified dinosaur, who likes physical product

    Yea, at the end of the day, the song itself is a good crossover point for Bowie and Jagger, and if the idea was to sell copies for charity, there wouldn't be much point making some avant garde anti-pop.... and Jagger has never ventured there anyway
  6. Amnion

    Amnion Forum Occupant

    Ontario, Canada
    Yeah, a duet of Yassassin might have been worse. They played it safe, the wankers.
  7. Cat People

    Cat People Forum Resident

    West Midlands
    Oh, but for a duet of the Laughing Gnome...one can but dream!

    That song would then have taken its place at the top of the pop charts... :unhunh:
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  8. Tecno

    Tecno Forum Resident


    They could've done something like this.
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  9. sillyboyblue

    sillyboyblue Forum Resident

    Dancing In the Street

    Another case of context is everything.

    Artistically barren, pointless cover version?

    Typical 80s overproduction?
    Obviously, goes without saying doesn’t it!

    It’s a bit of fun for charideee, cheesy and silly, so whatever your stance on the Live Aid fundraiser, just don’t take it seriously.

    Taken in the spirit in which it was made, and I very much do, there’s nothing wrong with it.

    3/5 for just having silly fun
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  10. Nitrous

    Nitrous Forum Resident

    Shropshire UK
    Dancing In The Street. As it was a charity thing I will be generous. 2/5.
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  11. moomoomoomoo

    moomoomoomoo WhoNeedsRealityWhenThere'sMoreSleepToLookForwardTo

    Dancing In The Street 2/5

    More 80's pap. Give me the Motown original!
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  12. Mother

    Mother Forum Resident

    Harmless fun. Some people tend to get all riled up about how atrocious this is...I have always found it to be mildly amusing and a well intended goof.
  13. thekid87

    thekid87 Forum Resident

    The Netherlands
    Dancing In The Street

    I really liked this song in 1985. It was fun and joyous. So, there’s nothing wrong with this charity song in my book. It brings a smile on my face… I do see this song in the context of live aid. Without that context it probably sounds like a cheerful karaoke song with two friends…

    This is a 4 out of 5.
  14. Bug80

    Bug80 Forum Resident

    Dancing In The Street
    Yeah this is fun and cringe at the same time. I like it.


    (5/5 for the silent music video by the way, a true classic. Wasn't that video the one who started the whole silent music video thing?)
  15. Ken.e.

    Ken.e. Spinning music since...

    Dancing In The Street, a charity track. I think the idea was great. The lyrics really fit the Live Aid concept and the world's involvement. Jagger seems to take the lead as musically it is stylistically more him.

    In the Live version Jagger seems to be attempting to leave David in the dust. Less of a collaboration and more of a competition. David looks lost trying to keep up with him.

    The video makes me laugh. They look like they are having a great time dancing around. Even the video is more in Jagger's wheelhouse of the 80's. They look like they would have fit well onto the Dirty Work lp cover. That's Jagger's style and David trying to follow.

    I don't love the track, but see nothing wrong with it. I ended buying the 12" version with an Extended Dance Mix, Dub Mix and Edited version. It's was hardly played but it went to a good cause.

    Score 3.6/5
  16. DownInAHole

    DownInAHole Forum Resident

    Huh. My takeaway is that I did not know that Steve Nieve of (Elvis Costello and) the Attractions played on "Dancing in the Streets."
  17. moomoomoomoo

    moomoomoomoo WhoNeedsRealityWhenThere'sMoreSleepToLookForwardTo

    I wasn't aware of that, either!
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  18. KangaMom

    KangaMom Queen of the Quokkas

    Dancing in the Street
    I'm not sure I get the hate for this song. It's big dumb fun, and yes, it raised money for charity. Mick and David look and sound like they had a blast doing it. Where's the harm in that?
    It's a good song anyway, I actually like the bouncy, campy 80s feel of it. I remember absolutely loving this song when it was released and I still think it's pretty darn good. Should it be measured by any Bowie original, nope, but given how dire some of his covers have been, this looks and sounds pretty good.

    I don't think it's a masterpiece, but it is joyous and given the subject of Live Aid and this part of the 80s generally, joy was not a bad thing to strive for.
    (Extra points for the video being ridiculously over the top. Two entertainers right there. Did what it was meant to)
  19. prymel

    prymel Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Nieve was involved in the Absolute Beginners tracks, which were being recorded in the same time frame, so the AB band was brought over for the "Dancing" single.
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  20. alugjk

    alugjk Senior Member

    Atlanta, GA
    Dancing In The Street
    Well, I've heard worse. Heard worse in this thread within the past week in fact!
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  21. Mr. Bewlay

    Mr. Bewlay It Is The Business Of The Future To Be Dangerous.

    Denver CO
    Dancing In The Street-I always liked it. Good party record. Good times. 3/5.
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  22. Fabrice Outside

    Fabrice Outside Forum Resident


    Two friends having a ball to raise a buck
    All good with me.

    On top of it it's even funny !
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  23. scarfaceclaw

    scarfaceclaw Forum Resident

    Given the exposure this received, it creditably manages to tread the delicate line of fun/charitable cause despite being so terribly naff.

    Dancing In The Street

  24. prymel

    prymel Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Our votes for “Dancing In The Street”

    Average: 2.7863

    Updated averages:
    “This Is Not America” – 3.6714 (42)
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  25. prymel

    prymel Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Today’s song is “Absolute Beginners”

    Lyrics – Absolute Beginners

    Bowie Bible – Absolute Beginners
    Pushing Ahead Of The Dame – Absolute Beginners

    David Bowie

    David Bowie, Clive Langer, Alan Winstanley

    Recording Date
    ca. June – August, 1985

    Release Date
    March 3, 1986 (non-album single, peaked at #2 in the U.K. and #53 in the U.S.)

    Principal Performers
    David Bowie – lead vocals
    Kevin Armstrong – guitar
    Steve Nieve – piano, keyboards
    Rick Wakeman – piano
    Don Weller – baritone saxophone (solo)
    Andy Macintosh, Gordon Murphy – baritone saxophone
    Gary Barnacle, Paul Weimar, Willie Garnett – tenor saxophone
    Matthew Seligman – bass
    Neil Conti – drums
    Luis Jardim – percussion
    Mac Gollehon – trumpet
    Janet Armstrong – backing vocal

    Notable Alternate Versions/Live Performances
    Single edit
    Glass Spider (Live Montreal ’87)
    Glastonbury 2000

    BBC Radio Theatre, London, June 2000

    Pegg, Nicholas. The Complete David Bowie (Revised and Updated 2016 Edition) . Titan. Kindle Edition.

    This was one of the songs performed in the musical Lazarus.
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