Let’s Dance

Let’s Dance, 1983

Classic Rock - - David Bowie -

Joe Bona­maSSa

“As much as I re­ally, re­ally love the stuff that fea­tured Mick Ron­son, I’m gonna go with this one. Ste­vie Ray Vaughan played the lead guitar on it. David at that point was a sta­dium-level pop artist but de­cided, as he was prone to do, to just go and do some­thing dif­fer­ent in­stead. So he al­lowed Steve to lay down a load of blues guitar over a pop song, and of course it re­ally, re­ally worked.”

kip WinGer, Winger

“It’s very un-Bowie, and he came to hate it. I think that’s so in­ter­est­ing. Nile Rogers’s pro­duc­ing was amaz­ing on that record and it was im­mensely suc­cess­ful. I think it cre­ated havoc in Bowie’s psy­che, as he had ‘sold out’. That’s right – sold out ev­ery seat in the house. It’s the point where his amaz­ing vo­cal per­for­mances be­came im­mor­talised to the masses, yet he was un­happy with it. I find that so in­ter­est­ing.

“I love the song and the whole record, as well as all of his more eclec­tic mu­sic. But there’s no way around the fact that this record, for bet­ter or for worse, blew him up into a mas­sive su­per­star – and I love irony.”

roBB Weir, tygers of pan tang

“When we drove across the UK and the con­ti­nent on tour back in the 1980s, that al­bum [Let’s Dance] was my cas­sette tape of choice. The rest of the band would be lis­ten­ing to Black Sab­bath or what­ever, but I’d be there with my head­phones on lis­ten­ing to Earth, Wind & Fire, Broth­ers John­son and Bowie play­ing disco. I’d pick Let’s Dance over any of his rock songs. What a great groove it had. That guitar solo, too – it had ev­ery­thing.

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