Retro Spins: David Bowie & Mick Jagger - Dancing In The Streets

David Bowie & Mick Jagger
Dancing in the Streets

It honestly shocked me to find the classic Dancing in the Streets from David Bowie and Mick Jagger was only released on vinyl in 1985. I thought for sure this would be on one of the two's solo albums, but no. Single, or nothing.

The track was recorded by the duo as a contribution to Live Aid, and was completed, video and all, in under twenty-four hours. Another interesting fact about the song, is that the band playing the music is The Jam - Another band I came to find out who my favorite song from was also only released as a single. For the sake of closing the loop, that would be their 1981 single, Absolute Beginners, which would later be used on the 1997 soundtrack for Grosse Pointe Blank.

Boy, singles everywhere!

It's sad, thanks a lot in part to Family Guy, that these days the song is considered to be one of the worst things to come from 80's music. I guess it's just one of those, you had to be there moments, where you could enjoy the tune as it was intended to be - A fun duo between two of rock's greatest musicians. And, it is fun. It's catchy. It's got a beat you could dance to, and hey, to boot, it's even just good - You know, the biggest thing that matters in the long run.

Dancing in the Streets came in multiple vinyl versions, which included, twelve inch, seven inch and forty-five.

The twelve inch featured the extended dance mix, the dub mix and edited version, aka the radio version. The seven inch featured something called the Clearoutain Mix as well as the instrumental version. The forty-five featured the original version as well as an instrumental one.

For my collection, I opted just the forty-five as I just wanted the "original" version of the song. Of course, if you're looking to get this track in crystal clear digital form, you can look to the 2007 released The Very Best of Mick Jagger or the 2002 released Best of Bowie.

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  1. I always thought this was a fun song.

    1. In hindsight of the rumors surrounding these two, the video can be a little awkward to watch without the mind questioning things. But, yeah, still a fun song.