- Let's Dance (David Bowie song)
Name = Let's Dance
Artist = David Bowie
Cat People (Putting Out Fire)
from Album = Let's Dance
Released = start_date|1983|3|17
Format = 7"/12" single
Recorded = Power Station,
New York, December 1982
Genre = Pop/Dance/
Length = 7:38
EMI America Records- EA152
Writer = David Bowie
NoReviews = yes
Last single = "
Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy"
This single = "Let's Dance"
Next single = "China Girl"
Misc = Extra tracklisting
Album = Let's Dance
Type = studio
prev_track = "China Girl"
prev_no = 2
this_track = "Let's Dance"
track_no = 3
next_track = "Without You"
next_no = 4
"Let’s Dance" is the title album track on
David Bowie's album "Let's Dance". It was also released as the first single from that album in 1983, and went on to become one of his biggest-selling tracks.
The single was Bowie’s fastest selling to date, entering the UK singles chart at number five on its first week of release, and deposing
Duran Duran’s “ Is There Something I Should Know?” the following week, staying at the top of the charts for another fortnight. Soon afterwards, the single would top the Billboard Hot 100, Bowie’s first single to reach number one on both sides of the Atlantic. It narrowly missed topping the Australian charts, peaking at number two.
“Let’s Dance” would introduce Bowie to a new younger audience oblivious to his former career in the '70s. The track was a regular on the Serious Moonlight Tour (the name derived from a lyric in “Let’s Dance”), the 1987 Glass Spider Tour and the 1990 Sound + Vision Tour, and was then reworked for the 2000 tour.
Heavily influenced by producer
Nile Rodgers’ work with his band Chic, “Let’s Dance" features a thumping bassline, and was arguably Bowie’s most commercial record up to that point. While the lyrics are ostensibly just those of a dance song, there is some discord struck by lines such as “Let’s dance, for fear tonight is all”. The 7:38 album version was heavily edited for single release, though the 12” single retained the full length.
This loneliness and desperation seeps into the
music video, made with David Mallet on location in Australiaincluding Sydney Harbour, which features Bowie watching an Aboriginal couple’s struggles against metaphors of Western cultural imperialism impassively while playing with his band.
Bowie featured blues guitarist
Stevie Ray Vaughanon the track. Vaughan was asked to go on tour with Bowie, but declined so he could continue to play with his band Double Trouble. Reportedly, Vaughan, who was still driving a delivery truck to support himself, was furious when he saw Bowie pantomiming over Vaughan's guitar solo in the video.
ubsequent references to the song
*Bowie himself appears in the film "
Zoolander" to the accompaniment of this song.
The Futureheadscovered the song for an 80s compilation for Q Magazine.
The Smashing Pumpkinscovered "Let's Dance" during their live "Transmission" jam.
cover versionof the song appears in the game Elite Beat Agentson the Nintendo DS.
*The original song and music video appear on the
PlayStation 2game, Dance Dance Revolution SuperNOVA.
*This song is featured in some promotional spots for the 2007 version of Hairspray.
Gnarls Barkley"appears" in the Let's Dance video in their music video for " Smiley Faces".
M. Wardcovers the song on his album " Transfiguration of Vincent".
Craig Davidsampled this song for his single "Hot Stuff" *
* In the indie film
Eagle vs Shark, the character Lily sings part of the song incorrectly to herself and is corrected by her lover Jarrod.
* UK Drum & Bass musician
Dom and Rolandsampled this for his single 'Can't Punish Me' on the record label Moving Shadow
P. Diddyused a sample of this song for his single 'Been Around The World' from his album "No Way Out" in 1997.
* The song was sampled on a house cover version by Hi-Tack in 2007.
* It was covered live by
Sophie Ellis-Bextorin 2007.
* The song is referenced in the
Bret Easton Ellisnovel Less Than Zerowhen a character is said to have looked like Bowie himself by a girl, and whispers as she walks away, "I should have hummed a few notes to 'Let's Dance'".
7": EMI America / EA 152 (UK)
# "Let's Dance" (Single Version) (Bowie) – 4:07
Cat People (Putting Out Fire)" (Bowie, Moroder) – 5:09
12": EMI America / 12EA 152 (UK)
# "Let's Dance" (Bowie) – 7:38
# "Cat People (Putting Out Fire)" (Bowie, Moroder) – 5:09
David Bowie: Vocals
Stevie Ray Vaughan: Guitar
Nile Rodgers: Guitar
Carmine Rojas: Bass
Omar Hakim, Tony Thompson: Drums
Rob Sabino: Keyboards
Mac Gollehon: Trumpet
Robert Aaron, Stan Harrison, Steve Elson: Saxophone
Sam Figueroa: Percussion
* It appeared on the following compilations:
** "" (1993)
** "The Singles Collection" (1993)
Best of Bowie" (2002)
Kex- 12-inch single (1983)
* Falco - "Junge Roemer" (1984)
Tina Turner- "Tina Live in Europe" (duet with David Bowie) (1988)
Puff Daddy- "Been Around The World" (1997)
* Overdose - "Ashes to Ashes: A Tribute to David Bowie" (1998)
* The Heroes - "Access All Areas" (1999)
La Pieta- "Let's Dance" (1999)
* Second Skin - "Goth Oddity 2000: A Tribute to David Bowie" (2000)
M. Ward- "Transfiguration of Vincent" (2003)
Craig David- " Hot Stuff (Let's Dance)" (2007)
* Chic - "Chic Freak and More Treats"
Elite Beat Agentsmade a cover by Delaney Wolff
Rabbit in the Moon
The Rockridge Synthesiser Orchestra- "Plays David Bowie Classic Trax"
*Pegg, Nicholas, "The Complete David Bowie", Reynolds & Hearn Ltd, 2000, ISBN 1-903111-14-5
*Mojo Bowie, EMAP Performance Network ltd, 2004
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