David Bowie and Mick Jagger recorded a hit version of Martha and the Vandellas’ “Dancing in the Street” in 1985. Famously, the two had planned to perform a track together live, but at different locations: Bowie performing at Wembley Stadium and Jagger at John F. Kennedy Stadium. That was until they realized the satellite link-up would cause a half-second delay. One of the two rock stars would have to lip-sync their part; not an option for either man.
Either way, they ended up recording the song that June in about four hours, then quickly made their way to London Docklands to film the music video in roughly 13 hours.
Obviously, the video consists of them, predominantly, dancing in the street. Mario Wienerroither is a master of creating musicless music videos, adding in a few sounds for hilarity (he’s made videos for Michael Jackson and Queen), which is exactly what he did for “Dancing in the Street.”
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