Flashback to David Bowie & Mick Jagger ‘Dancing in the Street’ in 1985

Flashback to David Bowie & Mick Jagger ‘Dancing in the Street’ in 1985

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Mick Jagger & David Bowie. Photo by Brian Cooke/Redferns/Getty Images. 

This week in 1985, David Bowie and Rolling Stone frontman, Mick Jagger channelled their collective otherworldly talents into a cover of Martha Reeves and the Vandellas’ 1964 hit Dancing In The Street, originally penned by soul legend, Marvin Gaye. The pair’s recording of the track was released in support of the Live Aid fundraising event and, what was surely a surprise to no one, shot straight to number one on the UK charts. 

But, Bowie and Jagger were far from the first music stars to tackle the infectiously catchy hit. In 1966, the Mama & the Papas offered up a version that afforded them a minor hit on the Hot 100, climbing to number 73. Surprisingly, in 1982, hard-rock legends Van Halen found more success with their own, amped-up 1982 rendition that climbed to number 38 on the Hot 100. In fact, The song has been covered by many, many artists, across eras and genres, including The Kinks, Grateful Dead, Little Richard, The Struts and more.  

However, it was Bowie and Jagger who took it all the way to number one, propelled by an official music video that, love it or hate it, is as undeniably captivating today as it was when it was first released 37 years ago. Enjoy two of the greatest performers Dancing in the Street, below! 

David Bowie & Mick Jagger | ‘Dancing In The Street’ 

And, for a fascinating reminder of just how wonderfully wild and weird these two forces creative of nature truly are, check out a silent version of the exact same video, sans music. The video below may be one of the most bizarre three minutes of viewing on offer; but there’s a reason why it’s clocked up almost 10 million views – over 2 million more than the original official music video – on YouTube. Their unbridled commitment to the performance is entirely captivating – when it comes to Bowie and Jagger, it’s safe to say, they don’t, and maybe never will, make them like this anymore! 

David Bowie & Mick Jagger | ‘Dancing in the Street’ [Silent Music Video]


This month marks 50 years since Bowie released the game changing masterpiece, The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars. In honor of the iconic album’s Golden Jubilee, a special streaming single, Starman (Top Of The Pops Version 2022 Mix), has been released. Stream/download the Starman (Top Of The Pops Version 2022 Mix), here. 

David Bowie | ‘Starman’ [Top Of The Pops] [2022 Mix]

Plus, a limited-edition 50th anniversary half-speed mastered LP and a picture disc, featuring the same master and a replica promotional poster for the 1972 album. Get it, here. 


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'The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (50th Anniversary Picture Disc)'


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