Mick Jagger & David Bowie recorded Martha and the Vandellas hit Dancing in the Street in 1985 as their contribution to the massive Live Aid concert organised by Dubliner Bob Geldof.
A previous video with Chevy Chase & Paul Simon (CALL ME AL) went down so well we thought we thought we’d share more musical laughs. Clear the floor and lets dance a gas gas gas!
Background? The original plan was to perform a track together live on two stages with Bowie performing at Wembley Stadium in London and Jagger at John F. Kennedy Stadium in Philadelphia. But then it was realized that the satellite link-up would cause a half-second delay that would make this impossible unless either Bowie or Jagger mimed their contribution, something neither artist was willing to do.
In 1968, Jagger and Keith Richards had already “borrowed” a line from the song in “Street Fighting Man” – “Cause summer’s here and the time is right for fighting in the street, boy.” In June 1985, Bowie was recording his contributions to the Absolute Beginners soundtrack at Abbey Road Studios, and so Jagger arranged to fly in to record the track there. A rough mix of the track was completed in just four hours, at which point the pair went straight out to London Docklands to film a video with director David Mallet. Thirteen hours later the video was wrapped. Jagger arranged for some minor musical overdubs with Steve Thompson and Michael Barbiero in New York.
The video was shown twice at the Live Aid event.
Soon afterwards the track was issued as a single, with all profits going to the charity. “Dancing in the Street” topped the UK charts for four weeks, and reached number seven in the United States. Bowie and Jagger would perform the song once more, at the Prince’s Trust Concert on June 20, 1986. The song has been featured since on several Bowie compilations. It was also shown in movie theaters before showings of Ruthless People, for which Jagger had recorded the theme song. It was the first instance in which a promotional clip was used outside of MTV or broadcast television.
Credit to Mark Peter van Sijll for the above.