Polling for the Scythe: The David Bowie Let's Dance Poll

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Poll Results

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Side one 1. "Modern Love" – 4:46 10
3."Let's Dance" – 7:38 6
2."China Girl" – 5:32 4
4."Without You" – 3:08 2
2."Criminal World" – 4:25 1
4."Shake It" – 3:49 1
Side two 1."Ricochet" – 5:14 0
3."Cat People (Putting Out Fire)" – 5:09 0


27 Dresses, 13 Assassins (Eazy), Tuesday, 7 June 2011 14:18 (six years ago) Permalink

Modern Love.

EZ Snappin, Tuesday, 7 June 2011 14:20 (six years ago) Permalink

"Modern Love," but I'm very fond of the "Criminal World," especially the intro. "Richochet" has an interesting arrangement that the author has, astoundingly, never liked.

The Edge of Gloryhole (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 7 June 2011 14:22 (six years ago) Permalink

"Cat People (Putting Out Fire)" and, no, it doesn't have anything to do with Quentin Tarantino. I picked up the 1982 Cat People soundtrack about seven years ago and fell in love with that track.

the fey bloggers are onto the zagat tweets (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 7 June 2011 14:30 (six years ago) Permalink

The version on this album is a totally different version though!

willem, Tuesday, 7 June 2011 14:39 (six years ago) Permalink

Haha, I forgot that it is different! I haven't heard this entire album in probably ten years.

the fey bloggers are onto the zagat tweets (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 7 June 2011 14:41 (six years ago) Permalink

This (well, the "Let's Dance" single actually) is where my Bowie fandom started. Loved "Modern Love", the title cut, and "Cat People" (especially the sound of the guitar) the most at the time. Found "Ricochet" weird but interesting and the two side closers weird and rubbing me the wrong way (still don't like the way he used his voice in those songs). I'll ponder a bit more - my vote will probably go to "Modern Love" or "Let's Dance".

willem, Tuesday, 7 June 2011 14:50 (six years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Sunday, 19 June 2011 23:01 (six years ago) Permalink

Late lobby for this gem:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_gjZP8OPH-U

it's a meme i made and i like (Steve Shasta), Sunday, 19 June 2011 23:22 (six years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Monday, 20 June 2011 23:01 (six years ago) Permalink

I have that Criminal World by Metro, some place...

Mark G, Monday, 20 June 2011 23:39 (six years ago) Permalink

Performance
David Bowie – lead vocals, saxophone, guitar, keyboards
Carmine Rojas – bass guitar
Omar Hakim, Tony Thompson – drums
Nile Rodgers – guitar
Stevie Ray Vaughan – lead guitar
Rob Sabino – keyboards
Mac Gollehon – trumpet
Robert Aaron, Lenny Pickett, Stan Harrison – tenor saxophone, flute
Steve Elson – baritone saxophone, flute
Sammy Figueroa – percussion
Frank Simms, George Simms, David Spinner – backing vocals
David Bowie, Nile Rodgers – horn arrangements
Bernard Edwards – bass guitar on "Without You"

Technical
David Bowie – producer
Nile Rodgers – producer
Bob Clearmountain, Nile Rodgers, David Bowie – engineering/mixing

it's a meme i made and i like (Steve Shasta), Tuesday, 21 June 2011 00:00 (six years ago) Permalink

For some reason I thought it was all of Chic playing back-up (esp. "Let's Dance"), but wiki says Bernie only plays bass on "Without You".

Nile must have taught Rojas the Let's Dance bass line ya?

it's a meme i made and i like (Steve Shasta), Tuesday, 21 June 2011 00:02 (six years ago) Permalink

Are those credits correct? Bowie has said repeatedly that this was the album on which he played "not a damn thing"; it was his singer album.

The Edge of Gloryhole (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 21 June 2011 00:02 (six years ago) Permalink

It is wikipedia, it must be true.

it's a meme i made and i like (Steve Shasta), Tuesday, 21 June 2011 00:03 (six years ago) Permalink

Heading over to AMG...

it's a meme i made and i like (Steve Shasta), Tuesday, 21 June 2011 00:03 (six years ago) Permalink

I mean, I take Bowie at his word: you can usually distinguish his untutored playing from everyone else's, and this album epitomizes studio perfectionalism.

The Edge of Gloryhole (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 21 June 2011 00:04 (six years ago) Permalink

Meh... just as sloppy over there. Discogs is no help either.

it's a meme i made and i like (Steve Shasta), Tuesday, 21 June 2011 00:06 (six years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Criminal World is damn good.

Naive Teen Idol, Tuesday, 23 April 2013 03:13 (four years ago) Permalink

And Shake It is damned weird.

There's more than a little Young Americans to Bowie's vocals on this record.

Naive Teen Idol, Tuesday, 23 April 2013 03:20 (four years ago) Permalink

re: the credits discussed above, this is what the '99 remaster lists:

Personnel:
Carmine Rojas (bass)
Omar Hakim, Tony Thompson (drums)
Nile Rodgers (guitar)
Stevie Ray Vaughn (lead guitar)
Rob Sabino (keyboards)
Mac Gollehon (trumpets)
Robert Arron, Stan Harrison (tenor and flute)
Steve Elson (baritone and flute)
Sammy Figueroa (percussion)
Frank Simms, George Simms, David Spinner (backing vocals)
David Bowie, Nile Rodgers (horn arrangements)
Bernard Edwards (bass on 'Without You')

So Alfred was right.

willem, Tuesday, 23 April 2013 08:12 (four years ago) Permalink

Would have went with 'Modern Love'.

The Jupiter 8 (Turrican), Thursday, 25 April 2013 21:49 (four years ago) Permalink

seven months pass...

The first side of this album is basically perfect. never really been so keen on the second though.

president of the people's republic of antarctica (Arctic Mindbath), Tuesday, 10 December 2013 02:07 (three years ago) Permalink

comes down to "modern love" and "without you" for me.

president of the people's republic of antarctica (Arctic Mindbath), Tuesday, 10 December 2013 02:08 (three years ago) Permalink

if Alfa Anderson had sung "Without You" it'd be a keeper. As it is it's an arrangement in search of a singer.

the objections to Drake from non-REAL HIPHOP people (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 10 December 2013 02:10 (three years ago) Permalink

the bass on "china girl" is all time

reggie (qualmsley), Tuesday, 10 December 2013 03:27 (three years ago) Permalink

This record could really use "Blue Jean".

vmajestic, Tuesday, 10 December 2013 03:41 (three years ago) Permalink

Tonight could really use "Without You."

the objections to Drake from non-REAL HIPHOP people (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 10 December 2013 03:47 (three years ago) Permalink

three years pass...

I've only just clocked how good Richochet is.

chap, Monday, 21 August 2017 11:43 (one month ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

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Naive Teen Idol, Saturday, 9 September 2017 13:32 (one week ago) Permalink


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