One of the most iconic moments of Mick Jagger and David Bowie’s careers in the 1980s is the music video for their song “Dancing in the Street”. In 2011, Peter Griffin mocked the video in an episode of family guy. In 2016, Jagger opened up about his thoughts on Bowie’s music and the somewhat infamous video.
How Mick Jagger and David Bowie got along in the 1980s
In a 2016 Rolling Stone article, Jagger opened up about his friendship with the recently deceased Bowie. He said they saw themselves as competitors, but this competition never overtook them. “We were very close in the 80s in New York,” he recalls. “We hung out a lot and went out to dance clubs. We were very influenced by the downtown New York scene at the time.
“That’s why ‘Let’s Dance’ is my favorite song – it reminds me of that time, and it has such a great groove,” Jagger revealed. “He had a chameleon-like ability to take on any genre, always with a unique approach, musically and lyrically.”
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What Mick Jagger thought after he and David Bowie finished their version of “Dancing in the Street”
Jagger also revealed his thoughts on the “Dancing in the Street” video. “My favorite memory is when we did ‘Dancing in the Street’ together,” he said. “We had to record the song and shoot the video in one day. We walked straight from the studio to the video set. At the end of the day, we were like, “See, it can be done! Why are [we] spend years in the studio? “
Although Jagger enjoys the video, he regrets his professional relationship with Bowie. “We enjoyed the campsite,” he recalls. “The video is hilarious to watch. It was the only time we really collaborated on anything, which is really silly when you think about it.
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The way the world reacted to their version of “Dancing in the Street”
Jagger wasn’t the only one who loved “Dancing in the Street”. The listeners also seemed to like it. The duo reached No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100, remaining on the charts for 14 weeks. This is Jagger’s only top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 as a solo artist.
The Official Charts Company reports that “Dancing in the Street” has also been successful in the UK. The song reached number 1 in the UK, remaining on the charts for 15 weeks. It remains Jagger’s only No.1 hit in his native UK without the Rolling Stones.
The song had a place in pop culture long afterward, as evidenced when Peter Griffin poked fun at it in an episode of family guy called “Foreign Affairs”. The entire video appears in the episode. “Dancing in the Street” remains an interesting collaboration between two rock’n’roll icons – and it holds a special place in Jagger’s memories.