V-19200 Dancing In The Street
Produced by Clive Langer, Alan Winstanley
Released on August 1985
UK CHART POSITION #1 (charted Sep. 7, 1985 for 12 weeks) . . .
US CHART POSITION #70 (charted Aug. 31, 1985 for 9 weeks)
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V-19200 cover
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T he original idea was a transatlantic duet with David Bowie in London and Mick Jagger in the States. When that proved impractical, the logicians at Live Aid opted instead for an ad hoc video of the pair singing ďDancing in the StreetĒ while prancing and preening for the camera with maximum camp. A reluctant revelation from Angie Bowie in 1990 would add subtext to the pairís homoerotic hamminess, but you probably have better things to do with your time. The song is typical of a Langer/Winstanley production (lots of horns and female backing vocals), with Jaggerís loud mouth winning out in the battle against Bowieís more controlled but corrupted crooning. Itís hardly a timeless track, and as a Bowie fan I groaned at the thought of him becoming my generationís Cliff Richard, but itís all for a good cause. The extended dance, dub and instrumental versions were simply devised to put something on that other side of plastic.

TRACK LISTING

  1. DANCING IN THE STREET
  2. DANCING IN THE STREET (INSTRUMENTAL)

    12-inch track listing
  3. DANCING IN THE STREET (EXTENDED DANCE MIX)    (I.Hunter/W.Stevenson/M.Gaye)    4:40
  4. DANCING IN THE STREET (DUB MIX)    (I.Hunter/W.Stevenson/M.Gaye)    4:41
  5. DANCING IN THE STREET (EDITED VERSION)    (I.Hunter/W.Stevenson/M.Gaye)    3:24

CREDITS

DAVID BOWIE -- vocals
MICK JAGGER -- vocals, additional production
KEVIN ARMSTRONG -- guitar
NEIL CONTI -- drums
MAC GOLLEHON -- trumpet
STAN HARRISON -- alto & tenor sax
JIMMY MAELEN -- percussion
STEVE NIEVE -- keyboards
TESSA NILES -- background vocals
PEDRO ORTIZ -- percussion
LENNY PICKETT -- tenor & baritone sax
JOHN "SKINNY" REGAN -- bass
MATTHEW SELIGMAN -- bass
EARL SLICK -- guitar
G.E. SMITH -- guitar
HELENA SPRINGS -- background vocals
Michael Barbiero -- additional production, mixing
Nile Rodgers -- additional production
Steve Thompson -- additional production, mixing
Stephen Benben -- engineer
Bob Clearmountain -- engineer
Mark Saunders -- engineer
Jon Hoffman -- front cover photograph
David Bell -- back cover logo

REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK August 1985 EMI America 7"/12 12EA204  
US/CAN August 1985 EMI America 7" B8288 picture sleeve
US 1985 EMI America 12 V-19200  
GER/NET 1985 EMI 7" 006 200787-7 picture sleeve

 

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