When I was growing up during the 1980’s, I always wondered what it took for a band or a solo singer to create a music video. Did they have the song constantly blaring in the background while they sang or did they just sing it and then have the song dubbed over later? While this video featuring David Bowie and Mick Jagger singing “Dancing In The Street” with no accompaniment was a parody, I did wonder if that’s what they did.
This video brings back memories. I remember when it first aired on MTV, back when they actually played, you know… MUSIC. Now there’s like an hour block a day and the rest of the time is all reality shows. Sigh. Anyways, the people just dub over the singing while there’s no music at all. It can be really funny, then uncomfortable, and then funny again. This is one of those “Why Didn’t I Think Of That?” videos.
There’s an air of intimacy between Jagger and Bowie when they dance next to each other. They were close friends in the 1970’s and 80’s. There were some rumors about some sort of relationship, but both men denied it. What we should focus on is that these were two of the greatest entertainers of the decade – Jagger is still going strong. I have a feeling that he’ll be touring with the Rolling Stones until he’s 150.
Of course, this video has a bit of a sad tinge to it with the passing of Bowie back in 2016. The video, which had probably been in the works for some time before that, was released two days after his death. I think that the legendary singer would have actually liked the video, if he had lived long enough to see it. It certainly didn’t seem distasteful, and the people who made it likely didn’t know that he was sick. I enjoyed it, at least.
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