Let's Dance

Let's Dance

by David BowieDavid Bowie


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After summing up his maverick tendencies on Scary Monsters, David Bowie aimed for the mainstream with Let's Dance. Hiring Chic guitarist Nile Rodgers as a co-producer, Bowie created a stylish, synthesized post-disco dance music that was equally informed by classic soul and the emerging new romantic subgenre of new wave, which was ironically heavily inspired by Bowie himself. Let's Dance comes tearing out of the gate, propulsed by the skittering "Modern Love," the seductively menacing "China Girl," and the brittle funk of the title track. All three songs became international hits, and for good reason -- they're catchy, accessible pop songs that have just enough of an alien edge to make them distinctive. However, that careful balance is quickly thrown off by a succession of pleasant but unremarkable plastic soul workouts. "Cat People" and a cover of Metro's "Criminal World" are relatively strong songs, but the remainder of the album indicates that Bowie was entering a songwriting slump. However, the three hits were enough to make the album a massive hit, and their power hasn't diminished over the years, even if the rest of the record sounds like an artifact.

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Product Details

Release Date: 09/28/1999
Label: Parlophone (Wea)
UPC: 0724352189601
catalogNumber: 218967


  1. Modern Love
  2. China Girl
  3. Let's Dance
  4. Without You
  5. Ricochet
  6. Criminal World
  7. Cat People (Putting Out Fire)
  8. Shake It

Album Credits

Performance Credits

David Bowie   Primary Artist,Guitar,Keyboards,Saxophone,Vocals
Queen   Track Performer
Omar Hakim   Drums
Bernard Edwards   Bass
Nile Rodgers   Guitar
Robert Aaron   Flute,Tenor (Vocal)
Robert Arron   Flute,Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Steve Elson   Flute,Baritone Saxophone,Baritone (Vocal)
Sammy Figueroa   Percussion
Mac Gollehon   Trumpet
Stan Harrison   Flute,Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Tenor (Vocal)
Carmine Rojas   Bass
Robert Sabino   Keyboards
Frank Simms   Vocals,Background Vocals
George Simms   Vocals,Background Vocals
David Spinner   Vocals,Background Vocals
Stevie Ray Vaughan   Guitar
Tony Thompson   Drums

Technical Credits

David Bowie   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Horn Arrangements
Queen   Producer
Nile Rodgers   Arranger,Producer,Horn Arrangements
Peter Godwin   Composer
Duncan Browne   Composer
Bob Clearmountain   Engineer
Sean Lyons   Composer
Greg Gorman   Cover Photo
Mick Haggerty   Logo,Cover Art
Derek Boshier   Paintings,Cover Painting

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