Mick Jagger unveiled his favorite David Bowie song
Mick Jagger is a man whose life cries out to be turned into a biopic. The charismatic and swaggering leader of the Rolling Stones has had a life full of ups and downs, and it reads like a chronicle of the hedonists of old, a modern day Lord Byron, if you will.
His life has featured a myriad of romances, excess, tragic deaths, and countless iconic songs to boot, and to be frank, how he and his partner in crime, guitarist Keith Richards, escaped death for so long is nothing short of remarkable. .
The duo are a triumphant holdover from those heady days of the ‘classic’ rock’n’roll era, and they are among the very last survivors of the ’60s and’ 70s when the rock music genre was at its core. apogee. supremacy.
Given that in musical terms they have been nothing less than global drummers since their first breakthrough in the early 1960s, The Rolling Stones are rightly revered as one of the best rock bands of all. time.
This rare status has opened the doors to many rare experiences, and on and off stage, every member who has come and gone has had more than their fair share of crazy stories to tell.
In addition to reaching echelons of society that are largely inaccessible to the average human, Jagger and Co. have befriended many other icons as well. One notable example is how Richards shared a soul mate with the late virtuoso Jimi Hendrix, and as for Jagger, he seems to have crossed every inch of the plain of fame, including comedian Rob Brydon; but that’s a tale for another day.
The most memorable friend Jagger had in music, outside of the boisterous confines of the Rolling Stones, was without a doubt the late David Bowie. Whether it was the somewhat empty rumors of a love affair between the two, or the 1985 issue on the cover of “Dancing in the Street,” Bowie and Jagger have come to embody some sort of essence of yin and yang – distinct sides of the same iconoclastic coin.
While there are stories the two drifted apart later in life, after the news of Bowie’s tragic death in 2016 during his old friend’s chat, Jagger was kind enough to reveal to the public what Bowie’s song was his favorite. He explained that his choice reminded him of an exciting time in his life. It’s interesting because, for Bowie, the song represented a bit of the opposite, a period he saw as a negative chapter in his career, a time when fame exceeded his artistic sensibility.
After Bowie leaves the earthly realm, Rolling stone conducted a lengthy interview with Jagger in which he recounted his friendship with the starman. Once again, he reiterated that he and Bowie had drifted apart over the previous two decades, but still cherished the memories he shared with Brixton’s favorite son. “We were very close in the 80s in New York,” Jagger recalls. “We hung out a lot and went out to dance clubs. We were very influenced by the downtown New York scene at the time.
This intoxicating and dazzling environment is what influenced Jagger’s choice, and his favorite Bowie song takes him back to those colorful, hedonistic days. The Stones frontman said, “That’s why ‘Let’s Dance’ is my favorite song – it reminds me of that time, and it has such a great groove.”
Jagger also spoke about the true majesty of Bowie’s artistry: “He had a chameleon-like ability to tackle any genre, always with a unique approach, musically and lyrically. To give Bowie the title chameleon is most apt in the whole of the English vernacular, as no other adjective more fully captures the extent of his artistry.
Never afraid to try new things and never limiting himself to a singular genre of music, Bowie skillfully straddled the music mainstream and its peripheries and was in many ways a true individualist – a product of his time. . He used both traditional composing techniques and modern technology to cultivate an experimental sound. This inherent versatility appeals to the average music consumer as well as the very belligerent John Cusack-style muso.
What’s more, who can forget their keen understanding of the power of audiovisual partnership? This is another key part of his art that was truly pioneering. Loved by his peers, critics and fans, he is certain that there will never be another David Bowie. He has helped open the floodgates of difference and truly unique personalities within music and culture. Without him, there would be no Björk, Charli XCX, SOPHIE or even Kate Bush. Let it flow.
Listen to the unforgettable “Let’s Dance” below.