lets dance

David Bowie, Let's Dance (EMI)

By Jason Landry

David Bowie was an enigma, an inspiration, and someone who has influenced many artists including the likes of Madonna and Lady Gaga. His 1983 album Let’s Dance was an instant hit when it came out. It was produced by Nile Rodgers and featured one of my favorite blues guitar players, Stevie Ray Vaughan on a number of tracks.


I’m not sure if it was the uptempo beat on the first track Modern Love, or if it was him running down the stage in his yellow suit in slow motion in the video that played on repeat on MTV, but this was the first time that Bowie captured my attention—then again, I was only 11 at the time. China Girl and Let’s Dance were the two other tracks on this album that spent major time on the airwaves. Take a trip back in time to almost 40 years ago and watch this video from the heyday of MTV.