Thursday, 14 April 2016

L - Let's Dance

Let's dance
Put on your red shoes and dance the blues
Let's dance
To the song they're playin' on the radio

Recorded in 1982 at The Power Station Studio in New York, "Let's Dance" was the first released single from David Bowie's 1983 album of the same name; its B-side was "Cat People (Putting out Fire).  Guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan played the guitar solo at the end of the song.  It became Bowie's fastest selling single up to that date, topping the charts for three weeks.

The dance-pop style was intended to introduce Bowie to a younger audience that was largely unaware of his career in the 1970s, but unfortunately Bowie found himself distanced from those very fans because he was unsure of what they wanted from his music.

The video for the song was filmed on location in Australia and is quite striking considering the deceptively simple subject matter of the song.  The "red shoes" appear several times as a symbol against racism.  "Let's Dance" was nominated for the Canadian 1984 Juno Award for International Single of the Year (but lost to "Billie Jean" by Michael Jackson).

1 comment:

  1. I love Let's Dance! I think this is one of my favorite Bowie songs. Great post.

    #AtoZChallenge L is for Loretta Lynn