China Girl

Let’s Dance 1983 ver­sion, with and cred­ited to Iggy Pop, 1977

Classic Rock - - David Bowie -

w hile it was Bowie’s ver­sion that en­gen­dered the hit, it’s Iggy’s orig­i­nal in­ter­pre­ta­tion that truly cap­tures its in­trin­sic magic and, in­deed, mad­ness. Dur­ing The Id­iot’s ses­sions at the Château d’Hérou­ville, Iggy fell head over heels in un­re­quited love with Kue­lan Nguyen, but when he at­tempted to an­nounce his feel­ings she sim­ply replied: ‘Shhh.’ Quite where all the para­noid ‘vi­sions of swastikas’ came from is any­one’s guess, but, well, we are talk­ing about Iggy Pop here.

While Iggy’s take is char­ac­terised by claus­tro­pho­bic post-punk-pre­sag­ing pro­duc­tion and Bowie’s toy pi­ano, Dave’s has Ste­vie Ray Vaughan, an in­ap­pro­pri­ately up­beat Carmine Ro­jas bass fig­ure and that video.

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