By Marianna Nash
“Let’s Dance” is just the tip of the iceberg.
When most people think of David Bowie, they think of his space-braving outsider alter-ego, Ziggy Stardust. And while “Space Oddity” was groundbreaking for its time, David Bowie was a trailblazer in many more ways.
Writing for Dancing Astronaut, Will McCarthy does justice to all those ways. He starts with the beats behind “Let’s Dance,” “Heroes” and “Under Pressure,” the last of which had a hook that defined not only the 80s, but the 90s (thanks to some shameless theft by Vanilla Ice). He writes, “[the] flawless execution of musical repetition centered around bass-driven loops in songs like ‘Let’s Dance’ was ahead of his time, and served to provide a massive platform for the rhythm-focused music that was burgeoning simultaneously with disco.”
But the most striking thing McCarthy unearthed has to be Bowie’s 2000 interview with the BBC, where he tells a highly skeptical Jeremy Paxman that the internet will impact every aspect of our lives one day. Yeah right.
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