Sat. Aug. 24, 2019

David Bowie – Let’s Dance (EMI)

Clasics: David Bowie – Let’s Dance (EMI)

Let’s dance! “Diversity is the key word to succeed”, says Tony Humphries. This obviously fully applying to the versatile David Bowie. An artist who pretty much made his reputation while acting like a chameleon. Surfing on time(s)/trends since day#1.

As a matter of fact, he’d initially thought to keep on working with Tony Visconti in charge of the production of his 4 previous albums. Strangely enough though, he changed his mind almost at the very last minute. Meanwhile deciding to collaborate with Disco/Funk mastermind Nile Rodgers, himself renown for his countless classics for Chic, Sister Sledge and Norma Jean.

By the time, as Nile explained me a few years later in an interview, he and Chic bassist and long time friend Bernard Edwards were not talkin’ to each other anymore. Most likely after a dispute they had a few months before. A reality which, ironically enough, didn’t stop them from havin’ their respective recording studios in the same building.

The recording of ‘Let’s Dance’ would be the opportunity for them to stick back together. Rodgers calling Edwards to replace Bowie‘s bassist who happened to be unable to play the part. Edwards did it in one take although he never got officially credited for that. With the rest being pretty much history…

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