50. Mick Jagger and David Bowie

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50.  Mick Jagger and David Bowie
Dancing in the Street
Highest Billboard Position:
#7 in 1985

If you throw in two legends (Mick Jagger and David Bowie) covering a brilliant Motown staple, it should be gold right?  Jagger certainly exhibited many a soulful performance and Bowie can generally do no wrong yet this collaboration just fell short.  Actually, they fell WAY short.

The two legends went in a very popish direction which took away a lot of the Motown Soul from the song and despite the chart success that both Jagger and Bowie had previously, they were really never pop stars.  The video featuring a lot of close-ups of the aging rockers just seemed, well to be politically incorrect, very gay and the only emotion emitted by the song was not the infectious need to dance but a weird sexual tension between the two.  Years later that perception became a little clearer.  Bowie’s ex wife, Angela detailed a first hand account of finding the two in bed together.  Maybe the song should have been renamed Dancing in the Sheets?

How awful is this song?

I totally agree, this song is god awful! - 25%
This song is bad, but there is much worse. - 0%
This song is actually a guilty pleasure. - 0%
No opinion. - 0%
You are nuts, this song is amazing. - 75%
Last modified on Thursday, 29 June 2017 19:40


-1 #1 Darryl Tahirali 2012-07-18 19:20
I'm not sure what the operative definition of "pop star" is here. The Stones might be the archetypal rock and roll band but they tossed out hit singles with clockwork regularity for years. And by the time of Some Girls, the Stones had no problem going disco. As for Bowie, he was the Godfather of Glam--how is that not pop? I think his "Berlin" albums, those made with Brian Eno in Berlin (Low, "Heroes"), were his attempt to gain rock credibility. (It worked, too.)

This post-Live Aid toss-off was a bit of celebrity largesse. Top-100-Wors t? I don't think so. And is there a bit of homophobia here?

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