Mick Jagger and David Bowie collaborated in 1985 to make one of the most mercilessly criticised music videos of all time: their cover of Martha and the Vandellas’ “Mick Jagger and David Bowie Dancing in the Street.”
The original video of David Bowie Dancing in the Street, which you can watch at the bottom of this post, features the 40-ish-year-old rock/pop superstars—one of whom is dressed in period-correct (and forever incorrect) pastel-colored clothing—dancing like teenagers in a warehouse, hallways, and abandoned streets. At one point, they even shake their superstar asses in unison.
It doesn’t really matter at this point, does it? Or, as Peter Griffin explains in an episode of The Family Guy about the David Bowie Dancing in the Street video, “That occurred, and we all let it happen.”
Anyway, a stop-motion animator named William Osborne has finally found a decent purpose for the Jagger/Bowie clip: it provided him with something to parody—this time using Legos. Osborne’s new video, which you can view below, is far more entertaining than the first. It’s actually rather enjoyable. Let’s hope he makes Lego adaptations of other terrible 1980s videos.
To be fair to Jagger and Bowie, their music video had to be pulled together swiftly back in 1985; director David Mallet apparently got the call the day before the shoot.
Video of Mick Jagger And David Bowie Dancing in the Street
“My main thought was to put up a really good performance,” Mallet later explained. “What was really essential was to see them perform together.” People wanted to see these two huge stars together. On-the-spot choreography ‘We can take this alley. We can make use of this storehouse.”
P.S. : Don’t miss the middle footage, which features Jagger and David Bowie dancing in the street around without music in the background. It made the rounds on YouTube a few years ago, but it’s still very good.
This recreation of Mick Jagger and David Bowie Dancing in the Street is one of the most star-studded collaborations in rock ‘n’ roll history. Originally intended to be a link-up for the famine-relief cause, the video features erratic dance maneuvers, billowing fabric, and sexual tension. The two artists’ dedication and commitment to the cause transcends the lack of planning or costume changes.
It was the first time Bowie’s video had such a dramatic tone compared to the lyrics of the song. It was shot at the London Docklands, and Bowie wore an oversized yellow raincoat to match his trademark bright red shoes. “Dancing in the Street” became a global anthem almost overnight. And while it’s difficult to comprehend the song’s message and its context, it’s impossible to deny its power.
The final video of the late rock star David Bowie was hard to watch. Bowie’s death seemed imminent, but the performance kept the audience enraptured until the final scene. Bowie is seen in a red-colored light strumming an acoustic guitar. Director Mick Rock, meanwhile, translates the zero-G atmosphere by using oscilloscope pulses.
The song’s success was short-lived. The band had just released the critically acclaimed Undercover album. But the band’s relationship with guitarist Keith Richards had deteriorated due to a new record deal. Jagger’s plans to become a solo star were put on hold when Bob Geldof invited both stars to take part in the Live Aid concert in 1985.
This version of “David Bowie Dancing in the Street” was also chosen for preservation by the Library of Congress. Reeves was thrilled to see the song’s persistence in the public consciousness, and she was gratified to have her voice featured in the music. It was also released in official form by Danny Shaffer, another Billboard charting producer. They were certified by the RIAA.