Sometimes you just need to bow down to a bit of comedy genius… even if it is a ridiculously childish music video littered with sound effects and bad singing—and that is where we have found ourselves.
In a song that has seen a total reimagining as generations have evolved, Marvin Gaye’s ‘Dancing in the Street’ has transformed from bonafide rhythm and blues classic, to upbeat pop sensation, to comedy parody with YouTube fame.
Originally a hit for Martha & the Vandellas, the song was taken in a new direction when David Bowie teamed up with his old friend Mick Jagger as part of the Live Aid charity at the insistence of Bob Geldof. Recorded in just four hours, Mick Jagger later told Rolling Stone: “We banged it out in just two takes. It was an interesting exercise in how you can do something without worrying too much.”
In a rush, the duo wrapped up recorded at the famed Abbey Studios and headed straight to Spillers Millennium Mills at the London Docklands to film the official music video which didn’t disappoint on the high level of 1980s cheesy dance routines. Shot by director David Mallet, the now-iconic music video was shown twice at the Live Aid event and became a significant moment in pop history.
Now though, directors Strack Azar and Michael Stevantoni have taken this video and brought it into the internet age. Describing what they call a “silent” music video, the comedic duo managed to remove all the music in its entirety and replace that with some majestic sounds.
Sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride.